3 Commando

History of the Unit

3 Commando
Many of the original members of this Commando had served with the British Expeditionary force in France and had been evacuated from Dunkirk. The Commando was formed in Plymouth on 23rd June 1940 the Commanding Officer was LtCol. J.F. Durnford –Slater.
 

No.3 was the first Commando unit ever to see action with the raid on Guernsey,  Operation Ambassador, 14/15 July 1940 with 11 Independent Company.

Operation ‘Claymore ‘was next in the Lofoton Islands in March 1941.
Other 3 Commando Operations were:
Vaagso ‘Archery’ 27th December1941
Elements were supplied for St.Nazaire, 28th March 1942
Dieppe 19th August 1942……Heavy losses sustained

As a result of the losses at Dieppe the Commando was rested for replenishment.

Next came Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily 10th July 1943 and Operation Devon at Termoli. The War Diary records that in July 1943 total strength was down to just over 250 and the Troops were reorganised into HQ and four other Troops. The then 2 Troop became a Heavy Weapons Troop

After the actions in Italy the Commando returned to the UK for the preparation for the landings in Normandy and D-Day.

One of the critical actions fought by No 3 after D-Day was at the river Orne and the capture of the Merville Battery to the flank of the landing beaches. The Battery was captured but at great loss to No 3 Commando.  A brief replenishment in the UK followed at Worthing and then the unit was back in action again as part of the British Liberation Army.

No3 were involved in the actions during the crossing of the river Maas, the clearing of the Maas Rhine Triangle, the capture of Osnabruck, the crossing the Weser (Operation Widgeon) and Aller rivers, and finally the crossing of the River Elbe.

In June 1945 No 3 Commando, along with No 6 Commando, were back in the UK preparing for the planned invasion of the Japanese mainland. No 4 Commando were still in Germany at Recklinghausen. At this time 233 OR's from No.4 Commando were posted to Nos. 3 and 6 Commandos, to bolster their numbers for the invasion, however Japan surrendered and the war ended.

The Commando was disbanded along with other Army Commando units in November 1945.


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3 Cdo. Roll of Honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commando Veterans Association

 
Click on any name for more information
 
The Fallen from 3 Commando
Major B.D. BUTLER
Major J.B. POOLEY
Capt. J. ALDERSON
Capt. S.D. CORRY
Capt. A.A. ELLIS
Capt. H.W. FORRESTER
Capt. J.F. GILES
Capt. J.H. THOMAS
Capt. L. LEESE
Capt. W.E. LLOYD
Capt. A.F. RUXTON
Lieut. A.D. BUTLER
Lieut. G.C. CAVE
Lieut. R.G.  HERBERT
Lieut. P.J.  KENWARD
Lieut. E.A.  KIAER
Lieut. W.F.  PIENAAR
Lieut. M.  WOODCOCK
2/Lieut. J.M.  HUTCHINGS
2/Lieut. E.V.  LOUSTALOT
R.S.M.  H.E. BEESLEY
C.S.M.  G.W. BRIGGS
C.S.M.  R.W. EDWARDS
C.S.M.  H.  SHAW
C.S.M.  N. WAREING
C.S.M.  V. COAKER
Sgt. A.J.  CORK
Sgt. D.R.  MACKIE
Sgt. J.A.  McCAUGHAN
Sgt. F.  McGERTY
Sgt. T.  PERRIE
Sgt. E.  SPIERS
Sgt. F.  TEASDALE
Sgt. G.  VASEY
LSgt. W.  CULLING
LSgt. W.J.  EDMUNDS
LSgt. E.J.  GEEAR
LSgt. J.  GRANT
LSgt. W.J.  GUNNINGHAM
LSgt. L.  HARPER
LSgt. C.R. HUGHES
LSgt. J.W.  MILLS
LSgt. H.T. POVEY
LSgt. A.I.  SINCLAIR
LSgt. F.J.  WINSER
Cpl. F.  BOYLE
Cpl. W.G.  FLOYD
Cpl. T.C. GERRARD
Cpl. R.S.  HENDERSON
Cpl. F.W.  HOPKINS
Cpl. A. K.  MACDONALD
Cpl. J.J.  ROBINSON
Cpl. R.H. THISTLEWOOD
Cpl. S.G.  WOODWARD
LCpl. F.  BAKER
LCpl. W.S.  BOWLER
LCpl. D.G.  BRIDLE
LCpl. A.  CARLISLE
LCpl. T.  COLBERT
LCpl. A.J.  CRAFT
LCpl. A.A.  GUEST
LCpl. R.  HARDING
LCpl. G.  HODGSON
LCpl. J.H.  HUNT
LCpl. E.C. JARROM
LCPL. W.  LANE
LCpl. S.A.  MITCHELL
LCpl. L.S.  NEWELL
LCpl. W.R.  OWEN
LCpl. P.C.  QUINN
LCpl. J.A.  RACE
LCpl. J.  SKELTON
LCpl. J.W.  TUPPER
LCpl. L.H.  UNDERWOOD
LBdr. J.H.  DAY
Pte. A.A.  ANDERSON
Pte. C.E.  BARRETT
Pte. J.D.  BOYCE
Pte. C.T.  BRADBURY
Pte. F.S.  BROADBENT
Pte. J.  BROSTER
Pte. J.R.  BRYAN
Pte. E.A.  CARDOZO
Pte. J.  CATTERALL
Pte. A.E.  CHILLINGWORTH
Pte. R.  COFFIN
Pte. L.  COTTERELL
Pte. A.  COULSON
Pte. J.K.  CULLEN
Pte. R.H. DAVIES
Pte. S.G. DAVIS
Pte. R.  DORSETT
Pte. K.C.  DRANSFIELD
Pte. J. DUNNE
Pte. W.  EDWARDS
Pte. F.G.  EVANS
Pte. G.  EVANS
Pte. B.G.  FERGUSON
Pte. D.M.  FISHER
Pte. J.G.  FREESTON
Pte. J.W.  GILLARD
Pte. E.W.  GOODY
Pte. C.  GREIG
Pte. G. GRIEVE
Pte. R.E. GRIFFITHS
Pte. L.J.  HAMMOND
Pte. E.  HANKINSON
Pte. E.F.  HARDING
Pte. N.  HARRISON
Pte. H. HAYES
Pte. G.  HERN
Pte. J.L. HEWITT
Pte. J.W.  HICKS
Pte. F. HINDE
Pte. J.E.  HITCHCOCK
Pte. E.J.  HOWARD
Pte. L.T.  JACKMAN
Pte. D.A.  JOHNSON
Pte. G.M.  JONES
Pte. K.E.  JONES
Pte. P.H.J.  KEAST
Pte. I.R.  KNILL
Pte. J.A.  LACEY
Pte. C. LAMBERT
Pte. C. LEA
Pte. E.R. LEDDINGTON
Pte. R.W. LITTLE
Pte. G.A. LUSTED
Pte. T. McKENZIE
Pte. E.R. MALLETT
Pte. G.G. MART
Pte. S.W. MILLS
Pte. L.W. MOON
Pte. J.G. MURRAY
Pte. H.J. NEEDHAM
Pte. R.J. NOLAN
Pte. A.J. PARSONS
Pte. F.C. RABBETTS
Pte. F.M. RHODES
Pte. G.W. RICHARDS
Pte. J. RILEY
Pte. J. ROBB
Pte. A.W. ROBBINS
Pte. J.A. STEWARD
Pte. H.S. SUTTON
Pte. B. TAYLOR (TUCHMANN)
Pte. F.W. TURLEY
Pte. C.T. VERNON
Pte. E. WARREN
Pte. G. WHITTLES
Pte. H.C. WILLS
Gnr. K.S. BELL
Gnr. T. CARTER
Gnr. J. CLELLAND
Gnr. J. CONYARD
Gnr. G.W. COOPER
Gnr. C. FOWLE
Gnr. E. GREEN
Gnr. H.W. HUGHES
Gnr. C. PEEL
Gnr. W.P. PRITCHARD
Gnr. C.E. SARGENT
Gnr. J. SMITH
Gnr. R.M. TICKELL
Gnr. H.S. WADSWORTH
Gnr. W. WALL
Gnr. B.W. WHARTON
Rfn. A.F. COX
Rfn. R.L. HAYWARD
Fus. F.W. BISHOP
Fus. H.L. CLARKE
Fus. J.R. DAVIES
Fus. A.D. EVANS
Fus. H.E. JONES
Fus. H. MURRAY
Fus. W.A. NIXON
Fus. E. PICKERSGILL
Fus. T.R. SHARP
Fus. A. WILLIAMS
Gdsm. L. CAMPBELL
Gdsm. R.C. DEAN
Gdsm. D. GOWANS
Gdsm. E.W. GRIFFITHS
Gdsm. A. McDONALD
Gdsm. H.M. MELVILLE
Gdsm. J. McGONNIGLE
Gdsm. R.A. MILLS
Tpr. W. MITCHELL
Spr. R.A. ADDERLEY

We will remember them

And all ranks who served in the Commando and have since passed on in the passage of time, who are also remembered by their proud families and comrades.

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3 Commando Nominal Roll

In 1946 the Army Council decided that the Army Commandos were to be disbanded and no provision was allowed or made for any depository or office which would have at least contained a complete Roster of Names of the men who served in the various units. 

For historical & research purposes, we have tried to compile the names of all No.3 Commando volunteers which were obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Lists of Casualties, the No.3 Commando War Diary, papers from the National Archives and further research by members of the CVA and various other resources. In preparing this list, we acknowledge that it is very likely there are omissions, Therefore, this is not a definitive list by any means, nor is it meant to be an official list, but it is the best we can do in an attempt to record all ranks by name who were part of No 3 Commando.  Research continues. 

The No 3 Commando Nominal Roll is listed below in surname order

No 3 Commando Nominal A - C

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 3 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

(click on highlighted surnames for more information)

SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Abbott
John Herbert Ronald
Gnr
 
MM
 
Abrahams
C
 
 
 
 
Adam
William C
Lt
 
 
 
Adams
Harold
Pte
 
 
 
Adderley
Rex Alsager
Spr
 
 
 
Adderton
Victor
Pte
 
MM
 
Agras
A
 
 
 
 
Airey
J
 
 
 
 
Alcock
C
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Alderson
John
Capt
 
MC
 
Allen
A R
Pte
 
 
 
Allen
John Duncan
Rsm
 
GM
 
Allen
Nat
Spr
 
 
R Engineers
Allisin
 
Capt
 
 
 
Allsford
R
Lcpl
5619290
 
Devonshire Regt
Ambridge
William John
Bdr
 
 
R Artillery
Anderson
Andrew Alexander
Pte
 
 
 
Andrews
A R
Pte
 
 
 
Andrews
Albert Mailly
L/Cpl
 
MM
 
Archer
R
 
 
 
 
Armstrong
R
Pte
 
 
 
Arthur
D
Fus
 
 
 
Ashby
Arthur
 
 
 
 
Ashcroft
J
Sgt
 
 
 
Askew
D
Gnr
3709954
 
R Artillery
Ayers
H D
Csm
2654315
 
Coldstream Gds
Bacon
Harold Edward
Cpl
 
 
 
Baikie
D A
Lt
 
 
 
Bailey
H
Cpl
 
 
 
Bailey
V A
Fus
 
 
 
Baker
Fred
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Baker
W
Pte
 
 
 
Banks
Ronald Douglas
Tpr
 
MM
 
Banner
H F
Pte
 
 
 
Barber
C
Gnr
14366716
 
R Artillery
Barber
C
Pte
 
 
 
Barber
H
Gnr
 
 
 
Barber
R
Pte
 
 
 
Barber
Richard (GEORGE ) Bruce
Fus
6472223
 
Royal Fusiliers
Bardell
D A
Fus
 
 
 
Barker
H
Pte
 
 
 
Barlow
C
Bdr
 
 
 
Barlow
J D
Dvr
 
 
 
Barners
H
 
 
 
 
Barnes
Jack
Cpl
 
 
 
Barnes
R
 
 
 
 
Barnes Aka Lanning
Charles H
Pte
 
 
 
Barratt
D G
Pte
 
 
 
Barrett
Cyril Ernest
Pte
 
 
 
Barrett
E C
Pte
 
 
 
Barrett
P
Pte
14429630
 
Herts Regt
Barrett-Terry
Peter Ian
Lt
 
 
 
Barrington
D
Sgt
 
 
 
Bartholomew
Peter Ian
Lt Col
 
DSO*
 
Bartlett
 
Lt
 
 
 
Bates
J E
Fus
 
 
 
Batten
W H
Sgt
 
 
 
Bayliss
H
Fus
 
 
 
Beales
R
 
 
 
 
Bean
R C
Pte
 
 
 
Bechervaise
A A
Sig
 
 
 
Beddows
Herbert
 
 
 
 
Beecham
J
Cpl
 
 
 
Beesley
Harold Edwin
Rsm
 
 
 
Bell
Kenneth Sydney
Gnr
 
 
 
Bennett
Bernard Edgar
Tpr
 
 
 
Bennett
John Idris (JACK, Taffy)
Tpr
3911811
 
Welch Regt
Bennett
Maurice William John
 
 
 
 
Bennett
W R
Pte
 
 
 
Berchervaise
Alexander Austin
Sig
2578129
MiD
R Signals
Bergbaum
H
Lt
314895
 
Essex Regt
Berwick
R
 
 
 
 
Betts
G
 
 
 
 
Betts
S E
Pte
 
 
 
Biagi
J C
Lt
 
 
 
Bilton
R
Pte
 
 
 
Bingham
D
Pte
 
 
 
Binnie
Jj
Pte
 
 
 
Bird
A H
Pte
 
 
 
Bird
B J
 
 
 
 
Bird
E J
Pte
14643796
 
Herts Regt
Bird
I
Cpl
5179412
 
Glos Regt
Bird
William C
Gdm
2702095
 
Scots Gds
Bishop
Frederick Walter
Fus
 
 
 
Bissett
John (JACKY) Valentine
 
 
 
 
Black
Alfred John
Pte
5050317
 
N Staffs Regt
Blackford
 
Lsgt
 
 
 
Bladen
D
Pte
 
 
 
Bland
CJ
Pte
4077794
 
Swb
Bland
C
Pte
 
 
 
Bland
George
Pte
 
 
 
Blissett
Douglas
Capt
 
 
 
Blowers
John
 
 
 
 
Bluett
G R
Gnr
833895
 
R Artillery
Bluett
W
Gnr
 
 
 
Blyth
D A
Gnr
 
 
 
Boardley
Archibald
Pte
 
 
 
Bond
G E
Major
 
 
 
Bonney
R (SID)
Cpl
 
 
 
Bookless
David F
Cpl
5958398
 
Beds & Herts
Bow
A
Pte
14420894
 
East Surreys
Bowder
W S
 
 
 
 
Bowers
E C
 
 
 
 
Bowler
W S
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Boxall
Alfred James
Cpl
 
 
East Surreys
Boyce
John Douglas
Pte
 
 
 
Boyd
Alexander
Rfn
 
 
 
Boyle
Francis
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Bradbury
C T
Pte
 
 
 
Bradley
E G
Pte
 
 
 
Bradley
E William
Capt
77384
 
R Inniskilling Fusiliers
Brailsford
H B
Capt
253687
 
Sherwood Forester
Braithwaite
R A
Pte
 
 
 
Brayne
H A
Tpr
 
 
 
Bready
P
Fus
14350042
 
R Northumberland Fusiliers
Brereton
Gerry
 
 
 
 
Brian
Willian Henry
 
 
 
 
Bridges
R
Pte
 
 
 
Bridle
Desmond George
Pte
 
 
 
Briggs
GW
CSM
 
 
 
Bright
A
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Brindell
Thomas (TOMMY)
Gdm
2720672
 
Irish Gds
Brindle
J
 
 
 
 
Bristow
James Derrick (BIG Jim)
Pte
 
 
 
Britnell
William
 
 
 
 
Brittlebank
J
Bdr
 
DCM
 
Broadbent
Fred Stanley
Pte
 
 
 
Brodie
Maurice William John
Pte
 
 
 
Bromley
Jack
Pte
 
 
 
Brookes
A J
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Brooks
A
 
 
 
 
Brooks
Ernest Terrence
 
 
 
 
Broster
John
Pte
 
 
 
Brown
A R
Pte
 
 
 
Brown
D
 
 
 
 
Brown
Frederick (FRED)
 
 
 
 
Brown
L
Pte
 
 
 
Brown
Les C
 
 
 
 
Brown
R F (NOSHER)
Sgt
 
 
 
Brown
Robert (BOB)
Cpl
3856668
MiD
Loyal Regt
Brown
W J
Pte
14527657
 
 
Bryan
John Robert
Pte
 
 
 
Bryant
J
Fus
6482239
 
Royal Fusiliers
Bryant
R H G
Pte
 
 
 
Buchan
Andrew
Cpl
 
 
 
Buckee
 
Lt
 
DSO
 
Budd
H John
Capt
 
 
R Signals
Bull
 
Pte
 
 
 
Bullivant
J A
Cpl
 
 
 
Bullock
Herbert (BERT) F
Cpl
 
 
 
Burden
James Frank
 
 
 
 
Burns
Thomas Cannon
Pte
14985634
 
Durham Li
Burrows
M E
Cfn
 
 
 
Bush
A
Pte
 
 
 
Buswell
Charles N
Lt
 
MC
 
Buswell
Charlie N
Lt
 
MC
 
Butler
Anthony Danvers Cavendish
Lt
 
 
 
Butler
Arthur H E
Pte
 
BEM
 
Butler
B M
Sgt
 
 
 
Butler
Brian Dear
Major
 
MC
 
Butler
E
Lsgt
 
 
N Staffs Regt
Caddy
A
 
 
 
 
Cadman
Roy
 
 
 
 
Caley
R J
Sgt
 
 
 
Caley
Richard David Luke
Sgt
4547506
 
West Yorks Regt
Camfield
B
 
 
 
 
Campbell
A
Pte
 
 
 
Campbell
G E
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Campbell
Lesley G
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Campbell
Thomas
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Cardoza
D
 
 
 
 
Cardozo
Edward Albert
Pte
14203544
 
Duke of Cornwalls L I
Cardozo
Frederick Albert
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Carle
A
Pte
14220489
 
Wiltshire Regt
Carlisle
Alan
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Carney
John
 
 
 
Kings Regt (LIVERPOOL)
Carson
W R
Fus
6979860
 
R Irish Fusiliers
Carson
W R
Fus
 
 
 
Carter
J K
Sgt
 
 
 
Carter
Thomas
Gnr
 
 
 
Cashin
J
Cpl
 
 
 
Cassidy
Maurice F
Sgt
824949
 
Royal Fusiliers
Cassidy
 
Gdm
 
 
Scots Gds
Caten
Buck
Sgt
 
 
 
Cattell
Charles Sydney
 
6141548
 
East Surrey Regt
Catterall
James V
Pte
 
 
 
Cave
George Charles Montague
Lt
 
 
 
Chadwick
R
Tpr
 
 
 
Chandler
K L
Lt
 
 
 
Chapman
Kenneth Harold
Pte
 
MM
 
Charles
 
Pte
 
MM
 
Charlesworth
John
Lcpl
3442172
 
Lancs Fusiliers
Chater
J F
Fus
 
 
 
Chatman
S
 
 
 
 
Chatton
 
Lt
 
 
 
Chew
Cyril Douglas
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Child
Kenneth
Tpr
 
 
 
Childs
F E
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Chillingworth
Albert Edgar
Pte
 
 
 
Chilton
Ronald Frederick
Pte
 
 
 
Chisholm
W
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Chitty
William
Sgt
 
 
 
Chivers
Arthur
 
 
 
 
Chorlton
D
Pte
 
 
 
Christmas
Arthur
Lt
327727
 
Worc Regt
Christopher
Robert William
Cpl
5990123
MM
Beds & Herts
Churcher
G
Cpl
 
 
 
Churchill
John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming
Major
 
DSO*, MC*
Manchester
Churchill
R G
Pte
 
 
 
Clark
A C
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Clark
H F D
Gnr
 
 
 
Clark
H F D (NOBBY)
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Clark
L W C
Pte
5962427
 
Beds & Herts
Clark
T
 
 
 
 
Clarke
F J
Fus
1629739
 
R Scots Fusiliers
Clarke
Hilary Laurence
Fus
 
 
 
Clarke
P
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Clarke
R O
Rfn
 
 
 
Clarke
Roy
Pte
 
 
 
Clarke
Sydney
 
 
 
 
Clarkson
L S
Sgt
 
 
 
Clay
V H
Cpl
 
 
 
Clelland
John Mcdonald
Gnr
 
 
 
Clement
Bob
 
 
 
 
Clements
D T
Pte
 
 
 
Clements
Robert Gibson
Lt
 
 
 
Clifford
Michael F
Capt
 
 
 
Clinton
James (JIMMY)
Gdm
2781976
 
 
Clinton
Jimmy
 
 
 
 
Coaker
Vernon
Tsm
 
 
 
Coates
D
Pte
 
 
 
Coates
F
Pte
5511609
 
 
Coates
J E
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Cobby
Trevor Guy
Pte
 
 
 
Cockbill
P
Pte
 
 
 
Coffin
Roland
Pte
 
 
 
Coggins
E
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Colbert
Thomas
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Cole
Freddie
Gnr
 
 
 
Coleman
G
Gdm
2659949
 
Coldstream Gds
Coleman
J
Pte
 
 
 
Collett
Percival Harold
 
 
 
 
Colley
Charles William Richard
Lcpl
 
 
 
Collins
Clive Eric A
Capt
 
MiD
 
Collins
E
 
 
 
 
Collins
Peter Leslie
Lcpl
 
 
 
Collins
R
 
 
 
 
Colvin
A
Pte
3063902
 
Lowland Regt
Compton
 
Cpl
 
 
 
Connelly
J S
Lt
335317
MM
Hampshire Regt
Connelly
 
Tpr
 
 
 
Connolly
G H
Pte
14779568
 
 
Connolly
Thomas (TIM)
Capt
 
 
 
Connolly
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Conyard
James
Gnr
 
 
 
Cook
R
Fus
 
 
 
Cook
S
Pte
 
 
 
Coomber
P
 
 
 
 
Cooper
Denis M
 
 
 
 
Cooper
George William
Gnr
 
 
 
Cooper
John Stanley
Sgt
 
 
 
Coppin
R C
Pte
6213835
 
Middlesex Regt
Cork
Alfred James
Sgt
 
 
 
Cornford
Harold
Cpl
 
 
 
Corry
Samuel David
Capt
 
MC
 
Cottam
George H
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Cottam
K J
Pte
 
 
 
Cotterell
Lesley
Pte
 
 
 
Cottham
George H
Lcpl
 
 
 
Coughlin
C J
Pte
7022513
 
R Ulster Rifles
Coulson
Albert
Pte
 
 
 
Coupland
R
 
 
 
 
Court
Joe
Cpl
 
 
 
Cowieson
A
Lt
 
 
 
Cowley
P A
Pte
3197923
 
Kosb
Cox
A
Pte
 
 
 
Cox
Anthony Francis
Rfn
6920635
 
Rifle Bde
Cox
J A (JACK)
Pte
6215811
 
Middlesex Regt
Cox
J D
Pte
 
 
 
Craft
Alfred Francis
L/Cpl
 
MM
 
Craggs
William Ley
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Creasey
R
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Creswick
P J
Pte
 
 
 
Crick
Frederick William
Lsgt
2656360
 
Coldstream Gds
Crickmar
F
 
 
 
 
Crisp
A
 
 
 
 
Cross
 
 
 
 
 
Crowe
Wilfred R
 
 
 
 
Cubitt
Robert
Pte
 
 
Middlesex Regt
Cuell
J
Pte
 
 
 
Cull
Eric Rueben
Pte
 
 
 
Cullen
James Kennedy
Pte
 
 
 
Culling
William
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Cummings
John
Capt
 
 
 
Cunningham
A J
Lt
 
 
 
Cunningham
James
Sgt
 
DCM
 
Cunningham
W
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Curtis
John Leslie (JOCK)
Lcpl
 
 
 
Curtis
Leonard William
Pte
6025725
 
Essex Regt/ SSRF/kia 2SAS
Curtis
 
Major
 
 
 

 

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No 3 Commando Nominal D - H

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 3 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

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SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Dakers
R
Gnr
 
 
 
Darby
G
 
 
 
 
Darts
Frederick Joshua (Freddy)
Sgt
5949117
DCM
Beds & Herts
David
J B
Pte
11000073
 
 
Davidson
Danny
Tpr
 
 
 
Davies
J.E. (Jack)
LSgt
 
 
 
Davies
John Geoffrey Morris
Tpr
14391305
 
Manchester Regt
Davies
J L
Pte
 
 
 
Davies
Joseph Reginald
Fus
4209027
 
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Davies
N
Pte
3659536
 
S Lancs Regt
Davies
Rodney Hugh
Pte
 
 
 
Davies
T
Pte
7957999
 
Welch Regt
Davies
W L
Pte
 
 
 
Davis
A
Sgt
S/57382
 
Rasc
Davis
Eric Norman
Pte
 
 
 
Davis
Jack Leslie
Pte
 
 
 
Davis
Stanley George
Pte
 
 
 
Davison
Dan
 
 
 
 
Davison
John Cyril
Cpl
 
MM
 
Daw
Herbert (Bert)
Cpl
 
 
 
Dawes
C
 
 
 
 
Dawes
G M
Gnr
 
 
 
Dawnay
Guy N
Lt
 
 
Swb
Dawson
A
LCpl
 
 
 
Dawson
AB
Fus
 
 
 
Dawson
H W
LSgt
 
 
 
Day
James Henry
LBdr
 
 
 
Day
William
Lcpl
7875966
 
R Engineers
Dayman
J
Pte
3445517
 
Loyal Regt
De Crespigny
V T G
Capt
 
 
 
De La Torre
Eric Rueben
LCpl
7611796
MBE
Raoc
Dean
B E
Pte
4545936
 
West Yorks Regt
Dean
C
 
 
 
 
Dean
Ronald Cyril 
Gdsm
 
 
 
Delaney
W
Rfn
 
 
 
Delaney
W
Rfn
 
 
 
Delby / Belby
A V
Pte
6029697
 
Essex Regt
Denham
Joab Selwyn (Joe)
Capt
 
MM
 
Dennis
S G
LSgt
 
 
 
Dennis
T
 
 
 
 
Dent
John
Sgt
 
 
 
Denton
William D
Pte
 
 
 
Denton
 
Lt
 
 
 
Derbyshire
John Joseph
Cpl
 
 
 
Diamond
B A (Max)
Pte
 
 
 
Dick
Stanley
Cpl
 
 
 
Dickason
D
Sgt
 
 
 
Dickason
Samuel E
CSM
 
MBE
 
Dickinson
Jack L
Tpr
 
 
 
Dickinson
T
Gdsm
 
 
 
Dighton
Derrick John
Sgt
 
 
Suffolk Regt
Dix
James Frederick
LSgt
5885246
BEM
Beds & Herts
Dixon
John
Pte
 
 
 
Dobson
R
Capt
 
 
 
Dolan
Patrick K
Pte
 
 
 
Dolby
A V (Alec)
Pte
 
 
 
Donavan
Gerald P
Gdsm
 
 
 
Donnelly
J
Lt
1134182
 
R Norfolk Regt
Donnelly
R S
Pte
 
 
 
Donnelly
T A
Major
 
MBE
 
Dorsett
Richard
Pte
 
 
 
Dowling
Edmund C.J
Capt         later Lt Col
 
 
Royal Artillery   Major 29Cdo1964
Dowling
John
TSM
 
MM
 
Downe
R W
LSgt
14401365
 
 
Downes
S
Pte
 
 
Essex Regt
Drain
F T (Fred)
Pte
5949825
 
Beds & Herts
Drain
P
Pte
 
 
 
Drake
 
Lt
 
 
 
Dransfield
Keith Charles
Pte
 
 
 
Draper
B W
Tpr
 
 
 
Drayton
M H
Lieut
 
 
 
Drew
Henry
Sgt
 
 
 
Drew
P J
Fus
 
 
 
Drewell
R
Pte
 
 
 
Driver
John T
Fus
 
 
 
Druce
L W C (Len)
Lieut
 
 
 
Drury
T
Tpr
14241624
 
Rac
Dryden
D M
Pte
14784275
 
 
Dumper
D
Cpl
6139301
 
East Surreys
Duncan
T
Pte
2880451
 
Gordons
Dunford
Edwin Or Edward
Tpr
14317743
 
Rac
Dunkley
E C
Tpr
14241764
 
Rac
Dunlop
T
 
 
 
 
Dunn
K C
Pte
621401O
 
Middlesex Regt
Dunn
Philip Russell Render
Capt
 
MC
 
Dunne
D
Cpl
 
 
 
Dunne
Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Dunwell
J
 
 
 
 
Durnford-Slater
John F
Brig
 
DSO*
 
Durling
H
 
 
 
 
Dyche
Clifford
Pte
4976808
 
Sherwood Forester
Dyer
Les W
 
 
 
 
Earl
Denis V
Tpr
 
 
 
East
Gerald
Cpl
 
 
 
Easterbrook
F J
Pte
5618184
 
Devonshire Regt
Eaton
W
Pte
 
 
 
Edgington
E E
Tsm
 
 
 
Edmondson
J
Pte
 
 
 
Edmunds
William John
LSgt
 
 
 
Edwards
Derek
Pte
 
 
 
Edwards
John M
Gnr
14759431
 
R Artillery
Edwards
Reginald William
CSM
 
 
 
Edwards
William
Pte
3064804
 
Lowland Regt
Edwards
William J
Pte
 
 
 
Eeles
E A
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Egleton
S O
Sgt
 
 
 
Ellery
W H
Capt
 
 
 
Elliot
T W
Gnr
 
 
 
Ellis
Arthur Alfred
Capt
 
 
 
Ellis
E A
Cpl
 
 
 
Ellis
Harold
Capt
295392
 
 
Ellis
Stanley William
Pte
 
 
 
Emmott
Harry
RQMS
 
 
 
Ennis
W G
Pte
3969969
 
Welch Regt
Enoch
Kenneth Williams
Bdr
 
 
R Artillery
Erskine
E
Gnr
14317289
 
R Artillery
Erskine
John Channon
Lieut
 
 
 
Etches
William Whitson
Lieut
112866
MC
Royal Warwickshire Regt
Evans
A W
LSgt
 
MM
 
Evans
Arthur David Henry
Fus
 
 
 
Evans
D
Pte
5190070
 
Glos Regt
Evans
E J
Fus
 
 
 
Evans
Francis George
Pte
 
 
 
Evans
G R
Pte
14241738
 
R Welch Fuiliers
Evans
Garonwy Wyn
Sgt
 
 
 
Evans
Glyndwr
LSgt
 
 
 
Evans
Gwilym
Pte
 
 
 
Evans
Leslie Daniel
Gdsm
14241613
 
Welsh Gds
Everett
William
Pte
 
 
Police Intake Cardiff
Fahy
W J
 
 
 
 
Farey
Les W
Pte
 
 
 
Farmer
Harold
Pte
3973646
 
Welch Regt
Farnsworth
Frank Reginald
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Farrell
T
 
 
 
 
Fawcett
E
Lt
 
 
 
Fearon
J. J.  (Jack)
Sgt
2929494
 
Cameron Hldrs
Fennessey
F
 
 
 
 
Fenton
Bryan L
Cpl
 
 
 
Ferguson
Angus
Lieut
 
 
Black Watch
Ferguson
Bryan Gratney
Pte
2761997
 
Black Watch
Ferguson
F
 
 
 
 
Ferguson
George
Cpl
 
 
 
Fernie
S
Pte
 
 
 
Ferrie
J E
Cpl
 
 
 
Ferrie
T
Lieut
 
 
 
Ferson
J.J.  (Jack)
Tpr
 
 
 
Field
Raymond
Gnr
911955
 
R Artillery
Filby
R
Pte
 
 
 
Finch
CG
Sgt
 
 
 
Finch
GG
Pte
1138241
 
E Yorks
Firth
John A
Fus
 
 
 
Firth
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Fisher
Douglas Morton
Pte
 
 
 
Fitton
James
Gnr
 
 
 
Fitzpatrick
Michael Benedict
Cpl/later Sgt
321375
MM
RAC/SSRF/2SAS executed
Flecknall
F G
Pte
 
 
 
Fleming
R
Pte
 
 
 
Fleshman
H
Cpl
 
 
 
Fletcher
E
Pte
 
 
 
Fletcher
John Harry
 
 
 
 
Floyd
William Gerald
Cpl
 
 
 
Flynn
J
LCpl
3192275
MM
KOSB
Folkard
R
Pte
 
 
 
Forrester
Herbert William Louis (Algy)
Capt
 
 
 
Forsyth
William J
Sgt
 
 
 
Fosberry
L K
Pte
 
 
 
Foster
William Johnstone
Sgt
829582
 
RA/3&14 Cdo/ SSRF/executed2SAS
Fowle
Charles
Gnr
 
 
 
Fowles
Bryan Gratney
Tpr
 
 
 
Francis
C
Pte
5958530
 
Beds & Herts
Francis
Charles Harvard
LCpl
 
 
 
Fraser
George Cairns
LCpl
2829409
 
Seaforth Hldrs
Fraser
Howard
LCpl
 
 
 
Frazer
J G
Sgt
 
 
 
Frazer
J M
Pte
 
 
 
Freeman
T R J
Sgt
 
 
 
Freeston
John
 
 
 
 
Freestone
W. H. (Harry)
Pte
 
 
R West Kents
Fry
Sidney Arthur
Tpr
 
 
 
Fry
 
Lt
 
 
 
Furber
William T
Pte
 
 
 
Fyfe
James Kilpatrick
LCpl
 
 
 
Fyson
George Alwyne
Cpl
5340675
MM
R Berkshire Regt
Gaddow
W H
Pte
14202901
 
S Lancs Regt
Gale
F G
Pte
 
 
 
Gale
W S
Pte
14241795
 
Dorset Regt
Galeman / Coleman
G
Gdsm
36399349
 
Coldstream Gds
Gallacher
H
Gnr
 
 
 
Gallant
DT
Mne
CH/X106521
 
Royal Marines
Gamester
F
Cpl
 
 
 
Gamm
Kenneth
 
 
 
 
Gammond
(Rasher)
Pte
4620586
 
Duke Of Wellington
Gapper
Reginald P
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Gardiner
John Patrick
LCpl
 
 
 
Gardiner
R R
Tpr
 
 
 
Garepo
L
LCpl
 
 
 
Garrett
W J S
Sgt
 
 
 
Gaston
C J
 
 
 
 
Gates
F C
 
 
 
 
Gawler
H D
Pte
5576504
 
Wiltshire Regt
Gear
G
Pte
 
 
 
Gee
D
LCpl
14241627
 
Kings Regt
Geear
Edward James
LSgt
 
 
 
George
C
Csm
 
 
 
Gerrard
Thomas Cecil
Cpl
 
 
 
Gibson
David
Sgt
 
 
 
Gibson
G C
Gdsm
 
 
 
Gibson
Peter John Giles M
LCpl
 
 
 
Gilchrist
 
Pte
7378006
 
Ramc
Giles
Archie William
Pte
3966851
 
Welch Regt
Giles
B T
Capt
 
 
 
Giles
John Frederick
Capt
 
 
 
Giles
M B
Tpr
63??549
 
 
Giles
Sidney Walter
TSM
 
 
 
Gill
L. M. (Len)
Cpl
14241615
 
Welch Regt
Gillard
John William
Pte
 
 
 
Gillings
L R
Fus
14241736
 
Royal Fusiliers
Gilman
T
Pte
 
 
 
Gilmour
Alexander (Alex)
Sgt
 
 
 
Gimbert
Curly
CSM
 
 
 
Gitten
Ronald Douglas L
Cpl
7889965
 
Rac
Gleed
RW
Pte
 
 
 
Goddard
Alfred
Pte
14241765
 
Sherwood Forester
Good
A
 
 
 
 
Goodbrand
A
Cpl
 
 
 
Goodchild
H
Pte
 
 
 
Goodman
R J
Pte
 
 
 
Goodwin
G H
Pte
 
 
 
Goody
Edwin Walter
Pte
 
 
 
Gordon
Eric 'Jock'
RSM
6341738
 
QORWK
Gosling
C
Pte
381401
 
Ox & Bucks L I
Gosnell
H J
Pte
 
 
 
Goughlin
 
 
 
 
 
Gowans
David
Gdsm
 
 
 
Gower
Ron H
 
 
 
 
Gowers
E. F. (Ted)
Capt
 
 
 
Graham
Thomas
Pte
5946665 
 
R West Kents
Graham
WK
Mne
PLY/X100335
 
Royal Marines
Grant
Archibald
Pte
 
 
 
Grant
James
LSgt
 
 
 
Graves
 
Pte
 
 
 
Gray
R H
LSgt
 
 
 
Grealy
James Michael
LCpl
 
 
 
Green
Arthur Raymond
 
4927475
 
S. Staffs
Green
Edward
Gnr
 
 
 
Green
F C
Major
 
 
 
Green
A
 
 
 
 
Greensmith
S
Pte
 
 
 
Greenwood
A J
Sgt
 
 
 
Greenwood
Sidney
Sgt
 
 
 
Greer
J C
Gdsm
 
 
 
Gregory
Harry
Cpl
 
 
 
Greig
Charles
Pte
 
 
 
Greive
Garfield
Pte
 
 
 
Grewcock
W
Bdr
?615883
 
R Artillery
Griffin
Arthur
Pte
 
 
 
Griffin
D J
Pte
 
 
 
Griffin
William G
Dvr
 
 
 
Griffiths
A W
Pte
 
 
 
Griffiths
Evan William
Gdsm
 
 
 
Griffiths
R
Pte
 
 
 
Griffiths
S
Fus
 
 
 
Grigg
Geoffrey 
Sgt
 
 
 
Griggs
Geoffrey Verity
Pte
4854203
 
Cheshire Regt
Grimwood
K R
Sgt
 
 
 
Grogan
L M
Pte
 
 
 
Grose
R G
Pte
 
 
 
Grove
Ronald
CSM
7882436
 
R Tank Regt
Groves
J S
Pte
 
 
 
Guernsey
 
Capt
 
 
 
Guest
Albert Arthur
LCpl
 
 
 
Gunn
Edward
 
 
 
Kings Own Light Infantry
Gunningham
William John
LSgt
 
 
 
Gurden
Peter John Giles M
LSgt
 
 
 
Habberfield
A
 
 
 
 
Habron
Patrick James
Cpl
 
 
 
Hailes
Stanley
Lcpl
4620600
 
Duke Of Wellington
Hall
J
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Hall
James Michael
Major
 
 
 
Halls
 
Cpl
 
 
 
Hamilton
T
Pte
6352769
 
R West Kents
Hammond
Lesley John
Pte
 
 
 
Hammond
Thomas H
Pte
 
 
 
Hampton
J D
TSM
 
 
 
Hancock
George James
Cpl
5674184
 
Somerset L I
Hancock
SCA
Pte
 
 
 
Hankinson
Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Hansen
T D
Gnr
 
 
 
Hanton
J
Tpr
 
 
 
Harcourt
William John
Pte
 
 
 
Hardcastle
H
G
 
 
 
Hardey
Danny
 
 
 
 
Hardie
Fred
 
 
 
 
Harding
D C
 
 
 
 
Harding
Ernest Frank
Pte
 
 
 
Harding
L F
Pte
 
 
 
Harding
Richard
LCpl
 
 
 
Harding
W
Cpl
6508107
 
Hampshire Regt
Harding
W T
Cpl
 
 
 
Hardman
W
 
 
 
 
Hardy
D C T
Pte
 
 
 
Hardy
E A
 
 
 
 
Harnett
P
 
 
 
 
Harper
E
Pte
 
 
 
Harper
James Raymond
Pte
 
 
 
Harper
Lesley
LSgt
 
 
 
Harrett
P
Gdsm
2717866
 
Irish Gds
Harris
C
Lieut
 
 
 
Harrison
Frederick James
Pte
 
 
 
Harrison
Norman
Pte
 
 
 
Hartburn
G H
Gnr
 
 
 
Hartley
F
Fus
 
 
 
Hatton
J
Pte
14241857
 
Black Watch
Hauxwell
H
Pte
 
 
 
Hawcutt
T P (Taffy)
LCpl
7893283
 
R Tank Regt
Hawkesworth
J E
Gdsm
 
 
 
Hawkins
George
 
 
 
 
Hawksworth
Johnny E
Gdsm
2722252
 
Irish Gds
Hawksworth
W
 
 
 
 
Hawley
Donald
Pte
 
 
 
Haydon
A.A
Gnr
 
 
query re cdo service. 
Haydon
A F
Cpl
 
 
 
Hayes
Harry
Pte
 
 
 
Hayes
R C
LSgt
 
 
 
Haylock
D E
Pte
 
 
 
Hayman
J
Pte
 
 
 
Haymes
S A
Pte
 
 
 
Hayward
C F
Pte
 
 
 
Hayward
Robert Latewood
Rfn
 
 
 
Haywood
L
 
 
 
 
Head
Charles Searle
Major
74290
MC, MiD
R Artillery
Healey
W
 
 
 
 
Heard
T R H
Cfn
 
 
 
Heary
T
Cpl
 
 
 
Hedges
I F T
Pte
 
 
 
Hem
G
Pte
 
 
 
Hemming
Douglas
Pte
 
 
 
Hemp
C
 
 
 
 
Hemp
C R
Cfn
.1948356
 
Reme
Henderson
J
Gdsm
 
 
 
Henderson
Robert Smith Jamieson
Cpl
2933867
 
Cameron Hldrs
Henderson
W H
Pte
14241666
 
Cameron Hldrs
Hendry
William
Tpr
 
 
 
Henry
Howard M
 
US
 
 
Henson
W A
Sgt
 
 
 
Henton
J R
Pte
14241857
 
Black Watch
Herbert
Roy George
Lieut
 
DCM, MM
 
Hern
Gordon
Pte
 
 
 
Heslin
J T (JOE)
Pte
 
 
 
Hewcutt
T F
Tpr
7893283
 
Rac
Hewitt
D
 
 
 
 
Hewitt
J
Pte
 
 
 
Hewitt
John Lionel
Pte
6353387
 
R West Kents
Hickey
Ronald Edward
Tpr
 
 
 
Hickman
John Thomas
Pte
 
 
 
Hicks
James William
Pte
 
 
 
Higgins
H
LCpl
2037855
 
R Engineers
Hill
E A (Lofty)
Cpl
 
 
 
Hill
Harry Lesley (Les)
Sgt
 
 
 
Hill
R
LBdr
14317317
 
R Artillery
Hill
Reginald
Tpr
 
 
 
Hillerns
Michael Guy
Lieut
 
 
 
Hinde
Fred
Pte
 
 
 
Hinde
W
Pte
 
 
 
Hitchcock
John Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Hobbiss
R M
Pte
14682741
 
 
Hobby
D R
Pte
 
 
 
Hobson
A
Cpl
 
 
 
Hobson
J. (Darky)
Sgt
 
 
 
Hockett
J
 
 
 
 
Hodges
William A
Tpr
14241632
 
Yorks & Lancs Regt
Hodgkinson
T
Gnr
 
 
 
Hodgkisson
C F A
Fus
 
 
 
Hodgson
George
LCpl
 
MM
 
Hogan
P
Tpr
 
 
 
Holchant
T
 
 
 
 
Holehan
Thomas B
Gdsm
2664427
 
Coldstream Gds
Holland
James
LSgt
 
 
 
Holland
Edward
Pte
14279750
 
REME
Holland
William Charles
Pte
7021035
 
R.Ulster Rifles/14 Cdo/SSRF/kia 2 SAS
Hollinshead
Thomas
Pte
 
 
 
Holmes
K
 
 
 
 
Holmes
L
Pte
 
 
 
Holroyd
A
Gnr
 
 
 
Holt
R
Pte
 
 
 
Honeywill
Gerry (Lofty)
Pte
 
 
 
Hood
John Albert
Cpl
 
 
 
Hooper
Frederick
Pte
 
 
 
Hooper
Sam
Pte
 
 
Police Intake Cardiff
Hooper
W J
LSgt
 
 
 
Hopkins
Frederick Walter
Sgt
 
MM
 
Hopper
F
Pte
14625290
 
East Surreys
Hopper
H Or M
Cfn
 
 
Reme
Hopson
D C
Temp Major
 
DSO, MC, MiD
RAC
Horrcock
S H
LCpl
 
 
 
Horton Harold  Cpl      
Hough
Richard
Sgt
14241669
 
Coldstream Gds
Houghton
W R
Gdsm
 
 
 
Houson
William
Tpr
 
 
 
Howard
Edward John
Pte
 
 
 
Howard
W
 
 
 
 
Howell
H
 
 
 
 
Howells
W J C
Cpl
 
 
 
Howes
F C
 
 
 
 
Hubbard
Sydney
CSM
 
DCM
Worcestershire
Hudspeth
George
Spr
2913692
 
R Engineers
Hughes
Charles Richard
LSgt
6010576
 
Beds & Herts
Hughes
D
 
 
 
 
Hughes
Desmond Anthony
Cpl
5187537
 
Glos Regt
Hughes
F
Pte
5043993
 
N Staffs Regt
Hughes
Harold William
Gnr
 
 
 
Hughes
John J
Pte
 
 
 
Hughes
R
Pte
200849
 
Swb
Hughes
R C
LSgt
 
 
 
Hughes
R G
Cpl
 
MM
 
Hughes
Richard Kenneth (Dick)
Cpl
 
 
 
Humphries
G T
 
 
 
 
Hunt
James Harold
LCpl
 
 
 
Hunt
L
Pte
 
 
 
Husbands
Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Huskinson
E
Pte
 
 
 
Hutchings
John Middleton
Lieut
326315
 
R Welch Fusiliers
Hutt
E J
Gdsm
 
 
 
Hyde
A
LCpl
 
 
 

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No 3 Commando Nominal I - O

Commando Veterans Archive Nominal Roll for No 3 Commando.

© Commando Veterans Archive 2016. All Rights Reserved. A lot of hard work has gone into producing this nominal roll in memory of all who served. There is no other comprehensive nominal roll of Army Commandos in existence. Reproduction is only permitted if accompanied by the copyright marker and a clear acknowledgement to the Commando Veterans Archive.

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SURNAME
FORENAME
RANK
S/N
AWARD
REGIMENT
Illesley
H C
Pte
 
 
 
Imrie
B B
Pte
 
 
 
Innes
James Fraser
Pte
`14317293
 
Seaforth Hldrs
Irvine
C
Fus
 
 
 
Irving
A M
Pte
 
 
 
Irving
Robert Anderson
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Isherwood
P A
Lsgt
2736446
 
Welsh Gds
Ives
Arthur
 
 
 
 
Ivory
J
Pte
 
 
 
Jackman
Leonard Thomas
Pte
4620615
 
Duke Of Wellington
Jackson
E W
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Jackson
H
Sgt
 
 
 
Jackson
H V
Pte
 
 
 
Jakes
C A
Pte
 
 
 
James
A
Pte
14646696
 
Herts
James
E
Pte
5957044
 
Beds & Herts
James
E K
L/Cpl
 
 
 
James
H R
Pte
 
 
 
James
W R
Tpr
 
 
 
Jamieson
E
Pte
 
 
 
Jarrom
Eric Charles
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Jarvis
Charles Edward
 
 
 
 
Jenkins
John
Gdm
 
 
 
Jenkyns
Lionel Victor
Pte
 
 
 
Jennings
F
Gnr
 
 
 
Jennings
T
Cpl
 
 
 
Jennings
T A
Pte
 
MM
 
Jennkinson
Eric
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Johnson
A
 
 
 
 
Johnson
Denis Alan
Pte
 
 
 
Johnson
Frank
 
 
 
 
Johnson
Harry Henry Horace
Sgt
14241768
 
 
Johnson
Harry
Csm
777595
 
R Artillery
Johnson
T
Gdm
2666094
 
Coldstream Gds
Johnston
D C
Lt
247106
 
Royal Scots
Johnston
D E
Capt
 
 
 
Jones
C
Lt
326316
 
R Welch Fusiliers
Jones
C
Tsm
 
 
 
Jones
G
Fus
 
 
 
Jones
George Edward
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Jones
Gruffydd Meirion
Pte
 
 
 
Jones
H S
Pte
 
 
 
Jones
Hugh Emrys
Fus
 
 
 
Jones
J K
Gnr
14241633
 
R Artillery
Jones
John Edwin
Pte
 
 
 
Jones
Kenneth Edwin
Pte
 
 
 
Jones
Richard Artis
Spr
1861251
MiD
R Engineers
Jones
T
Pte
 
 
 
Jones
Thomas
 
 
 
 
Jones
W
Fus
 
 
 
Jones
William Price (BILLY)
Lsgt
 
 
 
Jordan
K
Pte
 
 
 
Jordan
R
Pte
 
 
 
Jordan
W
L/Bdr
 
 
 
Jose Or Joss
 
Gnr
14317296
 
R Artillery
Kavanagh
Kevin
Pte
 
 
 
Keast
Peter Hugh Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Keech
Arthur Albert Horace
Pte
 
 
 
Kelveren
S E
Lsgt
2665235
 
Coldstream Gds
Kendray
H
 
 
 
 
Kendray
Harold
Pte
14241711
 
Black Watch
Kennedy
Edward L
Gnr
14215517
 
R Artillery
Kent
F P
Cpl
 
 
 
Kenward
Peter John
Lt
 
 
 
Kerrison
C H (JACK)
Sgt
 
 
 
Keveren
Stanley Edward
 
 
 
 
Keys
T
Fus
 
 
 
Kiaer
Eric Arnold
Lt
130209
 
R Fusiliers (City of London)
King
E G (LOFTY)
L/Sgt
 
MM
 
Kingsley
A
 
 
 
 
Kirk
E W
Pte
14301034
 
R Norfolk Regt
Kirtlan
C
Pte
 
 
 
Klus
Sidney Williams
 
 
 
Black Watch
Knight
John E
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Knight
P
Pte
 
 
 
Knight
T J
Tpr
 
 
 
Knight
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Knill
Ivor Richard
Pte
 
 
 
Knott
A
Pte
 
 
 
Knott
C H
Pte
 
 
 
Knowland
George Arthur 'Nobby'
Sgt.later Lt 1 Cdo
578261
Awarded VC wiith 1 Cdo
R Norfolk
Knowles
 
Major
 
 
 
Komrower
Arthur G
Lt Col
 
DSO
 
Lacey
John Anthony
Pte
 
 
 
Laddie
M
 
 
 
 
Lamb
John (JACK)
Pte
 
 
 
Lambert
Clifford
Pte
 
 
 
Lambert
John
Sgt
 
 
 
Lambley
D A
Pte
 
 
 
Lancaster
A
Pte
 
 
 
Lane
William
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Langhorn
R
Pte
2881048
 
London Scottish
Lanning
Charles Henry
Sgt
5049077
 
Welch Regt
Larcombe
L S
Pte
 
 
 
Larcombe
W (BILL)
Cpl
5499360
 
Hampshire Regt
Larkham
L S
 
 
 
 
Larmont
Henry Frederick (also seen as C.F.}
Bdr
 
 
R Artillery
Lash
J N De W
Capt
 
MBE
 
Lathrope
C
 
 
 
 
Laughlin
S
Gnr
5828092
 
R Artillery
Lawrence
A T
Pte
 
 
 
Lawrence
D
 
 
 
 
Lawrence
D J
Pte
5193984
 
Glos Regt
Lawrence
E
 
 
 
 
Lawrence
Edward (TED) G
Sgt
 
 
 
Lea
Charles
Pte
 
 
 
Lebentz
Francis Albert(Frank)
Cpl
 
 
 
Leckley
A
 
 
 
 
Leddington
Edward Roy
Pte
 
 
 
Lee
F B
Gnr
2882567
 
R Artillery
Lee
William
Tsm
3451602
 
Lancs Fusiliers
Lee
W W
Lsgt
6912218
 
Rifle Bde
Leech
J E
Sgt
5948937
MM*
Beds & Herts
Leedham
Joseph
Cpl
 
 
Coldstream Gds
Leese
Tim
Capt
 
 
 
Legge
A
Fus
14337122
 
Rwf / Rnf
Leo
F B
Gnr
 
 
 
Lerigo
John
Pte
 
 
 
Lewis
A
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Lewis
A G
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Lewis
E F
Lt
 
 
 
Lewis
H H
L/Sgt
 
MM
 
Lewis
Vivian E (TAFFY)
Sgt
 
 
 
Lewis
William Kenneth
Pte
3975570
 
Welch Regt
Leyland
P T
Lt
331363
 
Yorks & Lancs Regt
Leyland
S J
L/Sgt
 
MM
 
Licbohonts
F
 
 
 
 
Liddle
William Fairholm
Csm
 
 
 
Liebehentz
F A
Gnr
909848
 
R Artillery
Liley
Eric Vincent
Fus
 
 
 
Lilley
Ernest Thomas
Lsgt
2660913
MM
Coldstream Gds
Lilley
W J L
Csm
 
 
 
Linham
Eric
 
 
 
 
Little
Robert William
Pte
 
 
 
Littler
R
Pte
 
 
 
Lloyd
C N
Pte
 
 
 
Lloyd
John Anthony
Pte
 
 
Rasc
Lloyd
William Eric
Capt
 
 
 
Lockley
 
Lt
 
 
 
Logan
P T
Gdm
2665516
 
Coldstream Gds
Lomas
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Long
Frederick Hugh
Capt
65164
MC
R Artillery
Lord
C W
Pte
 
 
 
Loustalot
Edward V
Lt
 
 
 
Lowe
G
Pte
 
 
 
Lowe Bill RSM 1062180   R Artillery
Lowen
B L C
Cpl
 
 
 
Lucas
GR (DICKIE)
Pte
 
 
 
Lucas
R (DICKY)
Pte
 
 
 
Lusted
G
Pte
 
 
 
Luther (also seen spelt Lutter)
Ernest H
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Lynch
Alfred
Fus
14661789
 
R Scots Fusiliers
Lynch
Cornelius Cuthbert
Cpl
2723548
 
Irish Gds
Macarthur
 
Lt
 
 
 
Macbride
J
Lcpl
3921896
 
R Scots Fusiliers
Macconachie
R M S
Lt
 
 
Ramc
Macdonald
Alan Kenneth
Cpl
 
 
 
Macdonald
W
Dvr
 
 
 
Macdonald
William Croll
 
 
 
 
Machell
Tim
Major
 
 
 
Machin
Bernard
L/Cpl
2664127
 
Coldstream Gds
Mackenzie
Thomas
Pte
 
 
 
Mackie
D
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Mackie
David Robert Goode
Sgt
 
 
 
Mackrill
Bernard J
Fus
 
 
 
Maclagnan
D L F
Lt
 
 
A & Sh
Macnaughton
F J
Cpl
3782728
 
 
Macnaughton
F J
Cpl
 
 
 
Mager
Charles Edwin
Cpl
 
 
 
Magnani
B A
Pte
 
 
 
Maguire
 
 
 
 
 
Mainwaring
W H
Gnr
3858380
 
R Artillery
Major
Charles
 
 
 
 
Male
Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Mallett
Ernest Raymond Cecil
Pte
 
 
 
Mallison
Gordon
Tpr
 
 
 
Manns
R
 
 
 
 
Manser
E (MICK)
Pte
 
 
 
Mapplebeck
Arthur (MAXIE)
Cpl
5949269
 
Bedford Regt
Marlowe
W G
Pte
6095272
 
CMP (TC)
Marsden
Leonard
Pte
 
 
 
Marshall
Connack
 
 
 
 
Marshall
J W
Pte
 
 
 
Marshall
R B
Lt Col
 
 
 
Mart
Gordon Geoffrey Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Martin
Horace Frederick
L/Cpl
6345199
 
Rwk
Martin
J
Pte
 
 
 
Martin
J E
Major
 
MBE
 
Mason
Ernest
 
 
 
 
Mason
George R
 
 
 
 
Mason
Gordon
Gnr
929928
 
R Artillery
Mason
J
Rfn
 
 
 
Masterson
John Patrick
Pte
5726870
 
Dorset
Maxwell
Arthur Charles (Andy)
Pte
 
 
 
Mcallister
J
 
 
 
 
Mccaffery
F
Pte
4620637
 
Duke Of Wellington
Mccandlish
William
Fus
 
 
 
Mccaughan
James Andrew
Sgt
 
 
 
Mccormick
P C
Capt
 
 
 
Mcdonald
A
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Mcdonald
A K
Cpl
 
 
 
Mcdonald
Alexander
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Mcewan
R S
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Mcewan
S T D
Lsgt
 
 
 
Mcgerty
Francis
Sgt
 
 
 
Mcglone
J
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Mcgonnigle
James
Gdsmn
2700772
 
Scots Guards
Mcgovern
E (Lucy)
Cpl
 
 
 
Mcgurk
I
 
 
 
 
Mcintosh
Ronald
Lcpl
11000217
 
Welch Regt
Mclaughlin
W
 
 
 
 
Mclean
F W
Pte
 
 
 
Mclean
J
 
 
 
 
Mcluckie
W
 
 
 
 
Mcmillan
Archie
Cpl
 
 
 
Mcmillan
D C
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Mcmillan
Douglas Cameron
Lsgt
 
 
 
Mcqueen
J
Fus
3247554
 
R Inniskilling Fusiliers
Mead
Ronald Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Meaking
Ernest
Fus
 
 
 
Means
Laurence Reginald
Pte
540714
 
Manchester Regt
Mears
F
 
 
 
 
Mellor
A
Fus
 
 
 
Melville
Hugh
Gdsm
2701062
 
Scots Guards
Melville
N
 
 
 
 
Mercer
 
Lt
 
 
 
Merson
A
Cpl
 
 
 
Metcalfe
 
Pte
 
 
 
Methven
John
Sgt
1867976
 
R Engineers
Middleton
J H
Pte
 
 
 
Miles
Arthur William Henry
Sgt
 
 
 
Miles
R F
Cpl
 
 
 
Millers
L
Pte
5858362
 
Beds & Herts
Mills
Joseph Wallace
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Mills
Reginald Ashley
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Mills
Stanley Walter
Pte
 
 
 
Milne
Alan John Mitchell
Capt
 
 
R Artillery
Mitchell
C
 
 
 
 
Mitchell
Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Mitchell
J
Pte
 
 
 
Mitchell
Sydney Albert John
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Mitchell
William
Tpr
 
 
 
Molesworth
James Vernon Crispin
Lt
73137
 
DCLI
Montgomery
 
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Moody
Aubrey R
Capt
201133
 
Coldstream Gds
Moon
Leonard Walker
Pte
 
 
 
Mooney
John Francis Mathew
Pte
 
 
 
Moore
Albert George (ROCKY)
Rfn
 
 
 
Moore
E L (NED)
Capt
 
MC*
 
Moore
G
Pte
 
 
 
Moore
G
Gdsmn
 
 
 
Moore
Geoffrey
Gdm
 
 
 
Moore
George E
Sgt
 
 
 
Moore
W
Pte
7376076
 
Ramc
Moore
William H
Lcpl
 
 
 
Morgan
C
Pte
 
 
 
Morgan
H
 
 
 
 
Morgan
J E
Gnr
 
 
 
Morris
ER
Gnr
 
 
 
Morgan
John Arthur
Pte
3530013 or 5350013
 
Beds & Herts
Morris
J
 
 
 
 
Morrison
Thomas C
Lcpl
 
 
 
Moss
W
 
 
 
 
Mottram-Gray
R
Lt
337465
 
R Northumberland Fusiliers
Mount
Harry William
Capt
49550
 
Ksl I
Murphy
J
Pte
 
 
 
Murray
Alfred Copland
Gdm
2700625
 
Scots Gds
Murray
Hugh
Fus
 
 
 
Murray
James Gardner
Pte
 
 
 
Mustoo
Arthur A H (LOFTY)
Sgt
 
 
 
Napier
C
 
 
 
 
Nation
L
Fus
 
 
 
Neal
D
 
 
 
 
Neale
W R
Pte
14398183
 
 
Needham
Henry Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Nelson
W
Sgt
 
 
 
Neville
S
Pte
3607193
 
E Lancs
Newell
Lesley Scott
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Newman
H
LCpl
 
 
 
Newman
J H
Spr
 
 
R Engineers
Newman
L W
 
 
 
 
Newton
J T
Pte
865193
 
Green Howards
Nice
T J H
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Nicholas
John David (JACK)
Tpr
7688187
 
Rmp
Nicholas
 
Lt
 
 
 
Nicholls
Leonard
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Nichols
A
Lcpl
317555
 
R Engineers
Nicklin
Edwin
Gdm
 
 
 
Nixon
J F
Capt
 
 
 
Nixon
William Allan
Fus
 
 
 
Nolan
Robert Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Norris
Ellis
 
 
 
 
Norris
H
Rfn
 
 
 
North
Frank
Capt
337464
 
R Northumberland Fusiliers
North
Frederick Roy
Lcpl
5955941
 
Beds & Herts
Nottingham
David Walter
Pte
4032811
 
Ksl I
Nuttall
 
 
 
 
 
O'Brien
John Arnold Charles
Pte
 
 
 
O'Brien
Joseph V P
Cpl
 
 
 
O'Carrol
J
 
 
 
 
O'Carroll
James
Fus
14434371
 
R Irish Fusiliers
O'Connell
 
 
 
 
 
O'Connor
Dennis
Pte
 
 
 
O'Flaherty
Dennis William Venables Patrick
Brig
 
CBE, DSO, MID, BSM
 
O'Hare
Albert George Mercier
Cpl
 
 
 
Oliver
F R
Lt
 
 
 
Oliver
R
Tpr
 
 
 
O'Reilly
Joseph
Rfn
 
 
 
Osborne
Vincent A (OZZIE)
Sgt
 
MM
 
Osmond
Charles Geoffrey
Capt
1384465
 
Devonshire Regt
Outten
John
Tpr
 
 
 
Owen
William Richard
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Owen
William T
Bdr
 
 
R Artillery

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SURNAME
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REGIMENT
Pallender
John Edward
Sgt
 
 
 
Palmer
T
Fus
4190287
 
R Welch Fusiliers
Pantall
R W
Bdr
 
MM
 
Parker
G
 
 
 
 
Parks
C P
 
 
 
 
Parrett
GL
Pte
14..5023
 
Herts Regt
Parry
Frank
Pte
4079808
 
R Artillery
Parson
George
 
 
 
 
Parsons
Arthur Joseph
Pte
 
 
 
Parsons
S
 
 
 
 
Parsons
Sidney Raymond
Pte
5343125
 
R Berkshire Regt
Parsons
W
Fus
 
 
 
Pascoe
W Sidney
Csm
 
 
 
Patten
W F
Fus
8462258
 
Royal Fusiliers
Patterson
S
 
 
 
 
Pearce
D R
Pte
14766726
 
Lincolnshire Regt
Pearson
C
Sgt
 
 
 
Pearson
H
 
 
 
 
Pearson
Harold Leslie
Pte
3654857
 
Loyal Regt
Peel
Clifford
Gnr
 
 
 
Peel
George
Pte
 
 
 
Peinaar
P
Lt
 
 
 
Pennington
R
Pte
 
 
 
Perks
C
Cpl
7045879
 
R Irish Fusiliers
Perrie
Thomas
Sgt
 
 
 
Petken
William Henry
Fus
 
 
 
Phillips
Alfred
Cpl
 
 
 
Pickersgill
Ernest
Fus
 
 
 
Pickover
R
Fus
 
 
Lancs Fusiliers
Pienaar
W F
Lt
 
 
 
Piggot
E (Ted)
Dvr
5631374
 
Devonshire Regt
Pike
Frank
Cpl
 
 
 
Pinder
L
Pte
 
 
 
Pirie
J
Gnr
2882534
 
R Artillery
Platt
J
Dvr
10666111
 
Rasc
Plowright
Ronald
Sgt
 
 
 
Pollard
Gordon
Major
 
OBE, MC, MM*
 
Pollard
William Thomas
Gnr
5383055
 
R Artillery
Pollock
 
Lt
 
 
 
Ponsford
K D
Capt
 
 
 
Poole
John M
Pte
5888719
 
Herts Regt
Pooley
John Bertram Vaughan
Major
 
MC
 
Port
R A
 
 
 
 
Porter
A J
Lcpl
 
 
 
Pothast
Robert
Cpl
 
 
 
Potter
W
Gdm
2666064
 
Coldstream Gds
Potts
H
Mne
PO/X103992
 
Royal Marines
Potts
J T
Lcpl
3449235
 
Lancs Fusiliers
Povey
Harold Thomas Andrew
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Power
J F
Fus
 
 
 
Price
R S
Sgt
 
 
 
Pritchard
C
Capt
 
 
 
Pritchard
Edward J
Gdm
 
 
Welsh Gds
Pritchard
Wilfred Prestley
Gnr
 
 
 
Prosser
I T
Tpr
 
 
 
Prosser
Kenneth
Lcpl
 
 
 
Provette
John Henry James
Pte
 
 
 
Pulsford
W Norman
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Purdie
Frank
Pte
 
 
 
Purdie
John
Gnr
11259913
 
R Artillery
Purdon
Robert Young
 
3134238
 
R Scots Fusiliers
Putt
Richard James Kennedy
Pte
 
 
 
Pyne
G
Pte
5624766
 
Devonshire Regt
Pyne
George
 
 
 
 
Quinn
Patrick Christopher
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Rabbetts
Frederick Charles Norman
Pte
 
 
 
Race
James Andrew
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Rae
C G C
Lt
 
 
 
Ramsay
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Ramsey-Murray
St L
Lt
 
 
 
Randall
Joseph H
Lt
US
 
 
Rastrick
G M
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Raybould
Leslie
Lcpl
 
 
 
Read
William Patrick
Pte
 
 
 
Redwood
W A
Dvr
 
 
 
Reeman
G R C
Gnr
 
 
 
Reid
Arthur John Charles
Qms
7259796
 
Ramc
Reid
J
 
 
 
 
Reynolds
John Deane
Lt Col
240286
MC
 
Rhodes
Francis Mons
Pte
 
 
 
Rhodes
 
Capt
 
 
 
Richards
George William
Pte
 
 
 
Richards
 
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Richards
 
Tpr
 
 
 
Riches
Philip G
Pte
 
 
 
Riddell
E
Pte
 
 
 
Rigg
Pearson (Digger)
Pte
 
MM
 
Riley
John
Pte
 
 
 
Riley
W
Rsm
 
 
 
Ritchie
G R
Pte
 
 
 
Ritter
Harry
Nk
 
 
 
Robb
A
Pte
1465655
 
Cameron Hldrs
Robb
James
Pte
 
 
 
Robbins
Albert William
Pte
 
 
 
Robbins
W
Cpl
 
 
 
Roberts
D
 
 
 
 
Robertson
George James
Pte
 
 
 
Robinson
John James
Cpl
 
 
 
Robinson
T G J
 
 
 
 
Roddis
Eric Charles
Csm
7893163
 
R T R
Roddis
 
 
 
 
 
Rode
O
Pte
5948741
 
Herts Regt
Roderick
Thomas R
Sgt
 
 
 
Roderick
Douglas
Cpl
3129241
MiD
R Scots Fusiliers
Rogerson
J E
Lt
314922
 
East Surreys
Ronald
Alexander Scott
Major
 
MiD
 
Rose
Sidney John
 
 
 
 
Ross
A
Pte
2753484
 
Black Watch
Routledge
Stanley
Pte
 
 
 
Rowley
W M
Cfn
7607931
 
Reme
Rushworth
Edward E (Ginger)
Pte
 
 
 
Russell
Harold
Pte
13045086
 
Pioneer Corp
Russell
Phillip Arthur
 
 
 
 
Russell
W J
Lsgt
 
 
 
Ruxton
Anthony Fane (Buck)
Capt
 
MC
 
Saggers
K
Bdr
 
 
 
Saggers
S
Sgt
 
 
 
Salisbury
J
Gnr
845520
 
R Artillery
Salisbury
William Henry Edward
Sgt
 
 
 
Salter
Charles
Lcpl
 
 
 
Samways
A
Cpl
6401751
 
R West Kents
Sargent
Charles Edward
Gnr
 
 
 
Saunders
A G
 
 
 
 
Saunders
G S
Pte
 
 
 
Saunders
Leonard William
Pte
6088920
 
Queens Royal Regt
Sawyer
J
 
 
 
 
Sawyer
Russell
Pte
 
 
 
Sayer
J L
Cpl
6212785
 
Buffs
Sayers
J
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Scott
J
 
 
 
 
Scott
Stan
Tpr
 
 
 
Scovell
Michael John
Lt
 
 
 
Scragg
T
 
 
 
 
Scrivener
E F
 
 
 
 
Seggars
Kenneth Harry
Bdr
 
 
R A
Selby
W
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Selwyn
John
Capt
 
MC
 
Shanks
R T
Csm
5511132
 
Hampshire
Sharp
Thomas Robert
Fus
 
 
 
Shaw
A
 
 
 
 
Shaw
Harry
Tsm
 
 
 
Shaw
J
Pte
5960850
 
Herts Regt
Shelley
J
 
 
 
 
Short
C
 
 
 
 
Shortall
James Patrick
Cpl
6464231
 
R Fus/8 Cdo/ SSRF/executed SAS
Shunstrum
Charles M
Capt
US
 
 
Sidgwick
Thomas Arthur
Dvr
 
 
 
Sievewright
W J
Ssi
 
 
 
Siggers
William John
Tpr
 
 
 
Silvester
W
Pte
 
 
 
Simpson
Norman
Tpr
 
 
 
Sinclair
Alexander Innes
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Skelly
Terence Neil
Capt
302710
 
R Signals
Skelton
John
Cpl
 
 
 
Skrine
Walter
Major
 
 
 
Slater
Harold
Gnr
7889268
 
R Artillery
Smale
John Neveille
Major
 
 
 
Smallman
W A
Major
 
MBE
 
Smart
Vic
 
 
 
 
Smart
Victor David Walter
Tpr
 
 
 
Smart
William Jeffrey 'Duke'
Tpr
5731120
 
Black Watch
Smith
A J
Pte
3319672
 
Highland L I
Smith
Arthur
Tpr
 
 
Rac
Smith
D V
Lt
200144
 
R Artillery
Smith
H
Pte
 
 
 
Smith
J A
Cpl
 
 
 
Smith
J E
Cpl
 
 
 
Smith
J W
Pte
 
 
 
Smith
James Norman
Wo 2
 
 
 
Smith
Joseph
Gnr
 
 
 
Smith
Lawrence William
Lcpl
 
 
 
Smith
R
Gnr
884165
 
R Artillery
Smith
R
Tpr
5051480
 
N Staffs Regt
Smith
R
Sgt
3665924
 
Somerset L I
Smith
Reginald Alban
Pte
5956795
 
Beds & Herts
Smith
Sydney Francis
Pte
 
 
 
Smith
T S
Pte
2931584
 
Cameron Hldrs
Smith
Thomas
Sgt
 
 
 
Smith
W
 
 
 
 
Smith
W T
Sgt
 
MM
 
Snell
Terence Jefferey H
Pte
 
 
 
Southwell
A H
Pte
 
 
 
Spears
T
Sgt
 
MM
 
Spears
 
Sgt
 
 
 
Spencer
T
Pte
 
 
 
Spicer
J K
Pte
 
 
 
Spiers
Eric
Sgt
 
 
 
Spiers
James
Tpr
 
 
 
Spiers
W
 
 
 
 
Spinks
Francis George
Cpl
 
 
 
Stacey
Charles
 
 
 
East Surrey Regt
Stacey
Leonard
Pte
 
 
 
Standen
Paul Joseph
Cpl
3447208
 
Lancs Fusiliers
Stenhouse
Angus (Gus or Jock)
Rsm
 
 
 
Sterry
Laurence Reginald
Pte
 
 
 
Stevenson
William
Gnr
852815
 
R Artillery
Steward
John Arthur
Pte
 
 
 
Stewart
J B
Nk
2987162
 
A & Sh
Stokes
T F (Tom or Lofty)
Gnr
853144
 
R Artillery
Stones
Michael John
 
 
 
 
Stones
N J
Lcpl
6106103
 
Queens Royal Regt
Stowe
K
Rfn
 
 
 
Stowers
T A
Pte
 
 
 
Stretton
Albert
Gdm
 
 
Grenadier Gds
Strowger
A
 
 
 
 
Sturdy
T O (Tom)
Lt Col (REV)
 
 
Racd
Sutton
Harry Slater
Pte
 
 
 
Swadling
A F
 
 
 
 
Swan
J
Fus
6985477
 
R Irish Fusiliers
Swayer
J
Pte
5882470
 
Northants Regt
Synnott
James F
Sgt
 
 
 
Synnott
Jimmy
Sgt
4453883
 
R Artillery
Taylor
Bernard
Pte
13116422
 
Lincolnshire
Taylor
C W
Cpl
 
 
 
Taylor
F
 
 
 
 
Taylor
G
Sgt
 
MM
 
Taylor
H W
Pte
 
 
 
Taylor
T F
Gnr
 
 
R Artillery
Taylor
W S
Gnr
886202
 
R Artillery
Taylor
William
Lsgt
413020
 
Cheshire Regt
Teasdale
Frederick Charles Norman
Sgt
 
 
 
Thistlewood
Ronald Harry
Cpl
14422865
 
KRRC
Thomas
H B
Lsgt
 
 
 
Thomas
Iorweth Cyrus
LSgt
1654813
 
R Artillery
Thomas
James Howard
Capt
 
 
 
Thomas
Leonard G
Tsm
 
 
 
Thomas
M
Pte
 
 
 
Thomas
Roy Frank
Pte
5180266
MM
Gloucester Regt
Thomas
Tom
Pte
 
 
 
Thompson
John (Tanky)
Tpr
 
 
 
Thompson
 
Lt
 
 
 
Thomson
Niall G
Lt
 
 
 
Tickle
Richard Maurice
Gnr
 
 
 
Tilson
A C
 
 
 
 
Timson
J R
Pte
4973016
 
Sherwood Forester
Tipper
W
 
 
 
 
Titmarsh also seen as Titchmarsh
David Shaver
Pte
14577058
 
Beds & Herts
Torbett
J W
Pte
3798894
 
Kings Own Royal Regt
Tovey
N C
Lt
326331
 
Royal Fusiliers
Triggs
George Henry
Lcpl
13013302
 
Ramc
Trotman
H J W
Sgt
 
 
 
Trustram
Donald
L/Cpl
5990289
 
Herts Regt.
Tuchmann
Bernard
Pte
 
 
 
Tupper
John William
L/Cpl
 
 
 
Turley
Frank William
Pte
 
 
 
Turner
Henry Dronfield
Pte
 
 
 
Turner
J W
Pte
3663054
 
S Lancs Regt
Turner
R K
 
 
 
 
Turnock
C E
Pte
 
 
 
Turpin
SCA
Pte
 
 
 
Turpin
Stan
 
 
 
 
Twonhig
W
Sgt
 
BEM
 
Tynan
Patrick George
Cfn
5124778
 
Reme
Underwood
Lionel Harold
L/Cpl
5956944
 
Beds & Herts
Ure
John C
Capt
315174
 
Black Watch
Varley
G
Cfn
14416852
 
Reme
Vasey
Godfrey
Sgt
 
 
 
Vaughen
Conney
Pte
 
 
 
Veasey
Arthur Francis Sherand
Capt
149347
 
Worc Regt
Verner
Thomas
Pte
2982693
MM
A & Sh
Vernon
Charles Thomas
Pte
6104834
 
South Staffs
Vickeridge
J
 
 
 
 
Vickers
R Bryan
Tpr
 
 
 
Vincent
 
Sgt
 
 
Durham L I
Vyvyain
J M K
Capt
 
 
Black Watch
Waddling
A T
Pte
 
 
 
Wadge
E E
L/Cpl
 
DCM
 
Wadsworth
Hubert Samuel (Mickey)
Gnr
 
 
 
Wagstaff
William James Oliver
Pte
4744492
 
Yorks & Lancs Regt
Wakefield
E
Capt
 
 
 
Wakelin
J G
Pte
 
 
 
Waldie
Robert Gibson
Capt
126151
MC
Kosb
Walker
Fred
 
 
 
 
Wall
William
Gnr
 
 
 
Wallis
A James 
Cpl
 
 
 
Walsh
Edward
Cpl
2716717
MM
Irish Gds
Walsh
R
Pte
14662386
 
 
Walters
G C
Gnr
 
 
R A
Ward
C K
Lcpl
 
 
 
Ward
J A (Josh)
Major
 
 
 
Ward
Nathaniel (Nat)
Tpr
 
 
 
Wardle
A
 
 
 
 
Wardle
William James
Capt
 
 
 
Wareing
Nicholas
Tsm
 
 
 
Warren
Edward
Pte
 
 
 
Warwick
O C
Cpl
 
 
 
Wassell
Richard Peter
Lt
242288
 
Herefords
Watkins
S G
Rqms
5946789
 
Beds & Herts
Watson
G
Gnr
2984032
 
R Artillery
Watson
 
Lt
 
 
 
Watts
F
 
 
 
 
Webb
Frederick
Lsgt
7911147
 
Rac
Webb
George
 
 
 
 
Webster
R
 
 
 
 
Webster
R J
Lsgt
6930078
 
Rifle Bde
Weeden
G D
Capt
184123
 
Leic Regt
Wesley
E A
Capt
 
MC
 
Westley
Eric Roy
Capt
229030
MC+bar
RA & S Staffs
Wham
J H
Cpl
 
MM
 
Wharton
Bernard William
Gnr
 
 
 
Wheeler
L G
Pte
14224093
 
SWB
Wheeler
T
 
 
 
 
Wheeler
T S
Pte
5733728
 
Dorset Regt
Whitaker
H K (Ken)
Rqms
 
 
 
White
E G (Knocker)
Cpl
 
DCM
 
White
H G L
 
 
 
 
White
John
Sgt
 
MiD
Beds & Herts
White
P J (Chalky)
Bdr
 
 
R Artillery
White
W H A R
L/Cpl
 
MM
 
Whiteman
Norman J
Pte
 
 
 
Whithead
J
Tpr
14613720
 
Rasc
Whitney
D
 
 
 
 
Whittaker
R
 
 
 
 
Whittaker
R W
Pte
14676844
 
 
Whittles
Graham
Pte
 
 
 
Whitty
J
Pte
5733948
 
Dorset Regt
Why
F
Cpl
3969518
 
Welch Regt
Wilcox
B G
Cpl
 
 
 
Wiles
B
Pte
 
 
 
Wilkins
Leonard
Tpr
 
 
 
Wilkinson
Charles
 
 
 
 
Wilkinson
J W
L/Sgt
 
MM
 
Williams
Albert
Fus
 
 
 
Williams
D T
 
 
 
 
Williams
E
 
 
 
 
Williams
FR
Gnr
851422
 
R Artillery
Williams
H
Lt
 
 
 
Williams
W R
Pte
14731045
 
Worc Regt
Williams
 
Lt
 
 
 
Williamson
R
Lt
334681
 
Yorks & Lancs Regt
Willis
Richard Lloyd Joseph (Dick)
Capt
129346
OBE, MC
Dcl I
Willmett
P J
Lt
 
 
 
Wills
Herbert Charles
Pte
 
 
 
Wills
R
Lt
 
 
 
Wills
R F
 
 
 
 
Wills
R L I
Capt
 
 
 
Winkworth
Dennis
Pte
5958980
 
Beds & Herts
Winser
Frederick Jack
L/Sgt
 
 
 
Wise
Adrian
Major
 
DSO
 
Wish
Frederick
Pte
 
 
 
Witney
D
Pte
3663529
 
S Lancs Regt
Wood
J
Lcpl
2658476
 
Coldstream Gds
Wood
 
Capt
 
 
 
Woodcock
Mark
Lt
 
 
 
Woodhead
Dudley G (Doug)
Lsgt
 
 
 
Woods
P M
Tpr
 
 
 
Woodward
Sydney George
Cpl
 
 
 
Woolnough
Brian
Sig
2600497
MBE
R Signals
Wormley
W
 
 
 
 
Wormsley
William
Cpl
6482251
 
Royal Fusiliers
Woyedvodski
Michael
Capt
 
 
 
Wright
Walter Henry
Col
 
 
 
Young
Peter
Brig
 
DSO, MC*
 

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3 Commando Operations

These are the main operations that No 3 Commando took part in, either on their own, or as part of a Combined Operations assault. They are in date order and form part of our overall history of No 3 Commando. No 3 Commando were part of 1 Special Service/Commando Brigade from Autumn 1943.

Click on the links for more detail about each.

Operation Ambassador

Operation Archery

Operation Claymore

Operation Flodden (part of Operation Jubilee)

Operation Husky

Operation Ferdy

Operation Devon

Operation Overlord

Operation Widgeon

3 Commando War Diaries

The No 3 Commando War Diary covering D Day operations can be found here: The Pegasus Archive

 

 

3 Commando replacements July 1944

No 3 Cdo War Diary 1st Jan - 31 Dec 1944 National Archives ref. WO218 / 65.

 
145561 LT RAE CGC R ARTILLERY
184123 LT WEEDEN GD LEICESTERSHIRE REGT
242288 LT WASSELL RP HEREFORD S
268224 LT BAIKIE DA ARGYLL & SH
315174 LT URE JC BLACK WATCH
269428 LT DRAYTON MW 
CH/X 106521 MNE GALLANT DT ROYAL MARINES
PO/X 103992 MNE POTTS H ROYAL MARINES
PLY/X 100335 MNE GRAHAM WK ROYAL MARINES
558380 SGT CLARKSON L 15/19 HUSSARS
5955941 PTE NORTH NR BEDS & HERTS
5958530 PTE FRANCIS C BEDS & HERTS
5948937 SGT LEECH  J. (MM)  BEDS & HERTS
6095272 PTE MARLOWE W CMP (TC)
5630811 PTE CREASEY R DORSET REGT
3607193 PTE NEVILLE S E LANCS
1138241 PTE FINCH GG E YORKS REGT
2880451 PTE DUNCAN T GORDON HLDRS
5511132 SGT SHANKS R HAMPSHIRE REGT
5511609 PTE COATS F HAMPSHIRE REGT
5990289 CPL TRUSTAM D HERTS REGT
5954087 PTE HAYDON AF HERTS REGT
14XX5023 PTE PARRETT GL HERTS REGT
5350013 PTE MORGAN JA HERTS REGT
5948675 PTE COLLINS LP HERTS REGT
5961168 PTE TURNCOCK CE HERTS REGT
5350008 LCPL LOWEN BLC HERTS REGT
14570324 PTE NICHOLLS LF HERTS REGT
5348555 PTE WARREN E HERTS REGT
14409810 PTE TURPIN SCA HERTS REGT
14410323 PTE SMITH JE HERTS REGT
14566694 PTE BROWN L HERTS REGT
14592817 PTE FILBY R HERTS REGT
14646696 PTE JAMES A HERTS REGT
14591917 PTE HANCOCK SCA HERTS REGT
14429630 PTE BARRETT P HERTS REGT
5961985 LCPL NEWMAN H HERTS REGT
5888719 PTE POOLE J HERTS REGT
5960750 PTE MITCHELL J HERTS REGT
5960850 PTE SHAW J HERTS REGT
6457871 LCPL GAREPO L HERTS REGT
5948741 PTE RODE O HERTS REGT
5958741 LCPL LUTTER EH HERTS REGT
14549713 PTE LUCAS GR HERTS REGT
14559192 PTE CHURCHILL RG HERTS REGT
14577057 PTE TITCHMARSH HERTS REGT
5...088 PTE LARCOMBE L HERTS REGT
6457641 PTE KNIGHT P HERTS REGT
59622427 PTE CLARK L HERTS REGT
3192275 CPL FLYNN  J. (MM)  KOSB
5050317 PTE BLACK A N STAFFS
5051480 PTE SMITH H N STAFFS REGT
6148718 GNR MORRIS E R ARTILLERY
851422 GNR WILLIAMS F R ARTILLERY
852815 GNR STEVENSON W R ARTILLERY
3449628 GNR HOLROYD A R ARTILLERY
884501 LBDR LARMONT CF R ARTILLERY
1430566 GNR CLARK H R ARTILLERY
853144 GNR STOKES T R ARTILLERY
14350042 FUS BREADY P R NORTHUMBERLAD FUSILIERS
14347737 FUS DAWSON AB R NORTHUMBERLAD FUSILIERS
14241796 SGT GRAY RH RAC
6353021 PTE HICKEY RE RAC
14390826 PTE EATON W RASC
4914763 PTE BIRD AH S STAFFS REGT
2701062 GDM MELVILLE H SCOTS GUARDS
5676627 PTE GLEED RW SOMERSET LI
4077794 PTE BLAND CJ SWB
14224093 PTE WHEELER LG SWB
7948452 PTE COX A WILTSHIRE REGT
...51270 PTE HAYWARD C WORC REGT
 

DURNFORD-SLATER, John Frederick (Brig)

Rank: 
Brigadier
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
41090
Died : 
Saturday, February 5, 1972

On the 28th June 1940 Captain J.F. Durnford-Slater was appointed Lieut. Colonel and ordered to raise and command No 3 Commando after volunteering for Special Service whilst Adjutant of the 23rd Medium and Heavy Training Regt., RA.

He trained and then led his Commandos on their early raids at Guernsey and the Lofoten islands, then Vaagso and Dieppe, before embarking with them to Gibraltar, North Africa, and the subsequent actions in Sicily, including that at Termoli where he was Force Commander of  No 3 Commando, 43RM Commando, and Special Raiding Squadron. On his return to the UK he was appointed Deputy Commander of the new Commando Group HQ under Maj. General Robert Sturges RM, with responsibility for all Army Commandos and the planning for their subsequent role on D Day, and later operations in France and Germany after D Day.

Post war he reverted to the rank of Captain before being promoted Major, then given the honorary rank of Brigadier on his retirement from the Army in 1946.

DSO after the Vaagso raid.*
Bar to his DSO after Termoli.**
MiD after Lofoten Raid. ***
 
His death in 1972 was notified to members in Commando Association Newsletter 54:
"We are indeed sad to have to report the death on February 5th, last, of Brigadier John Frederick , Durnford-Slater, D.S.O., formerly Officer Commanding No. 3 Commando, the Deputy Commander of Commando Group, and, and during the period 1946/47, President of The Commando Association.
The following are extracts from an appreciation by Brigadier Peter Young.
"John Durnford-Slater was one of the most successful and dynamic of the Army Comrnando leaders of World War II, in which he won the D.S.O. and Bar. When in 1940 the War Office called for volunteers for Special Service, he was among the first to be selected, was promoted from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel and raised No. 3 Commando. He was a brave, tough, kindly, simple-hearted commander, who looked after his men and his officers, and strove for old-fashioned ideals which are not now much in vogue. Those who served under him in No. 3 Commando would wish to pay tribute to his memory ".
 
Sources:
Commando by Brig Durnford-Slater
Commando Association Newsletter 54.
*  LG Supplement 35172, Page 3003.
**LG Supplement 36217, Page 4661.
***LG Supplement 35172, Page 3003.
 

YOUNG, Peter (Brig)

Known as: 
Bungy
Rank: 
Brigadier
Regiment/Corps: 
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
77254
Born: 
Wednesday, July 28, 1915
Died : 
Tuesday, September 13, 1988

Commissioned 2/Lieut. in 1939 he served in France with the British Expeditionary Force before being wounded and evacuated back to the UK at Dunkirk.  Joining No 3 Commando in the first selction of officers after its formation, the next few years would see Peter Young rise to the temporary rank of Lieut. Colonel and assume command of No 3 Commando in late 1943. He took part in the early raids on Lofoten and Vaagso, being awarded his first MC for his "gallant and distinguished services" during the latter. 

After a brief interlude on the staff of Combined Operations HQ, he returned to No 3 Commando with the war substantive rank of Major and as second in command. During the Dieppe raid he was awarded the DSO for "gallant and distinguished services".

In 1943 he was awarded a bar to his MC for "gallant and distinguished services in Sicily" and then took command of No 3 Commando during the invasion of Italy after the promotion of their CO  Lt Col. John Durnford-Slater. Peter Young was later awarded a 2nd bar to his MC for "gallant and distinguished services in Sicily."

In 1944 he led No 3 Commando on D Day and in the subsequent actions in Normandy until September 1944. On the 2nd October 1944, after being ordered to take over as 2i/c of 3 Commando Brigade, he left to join them in the Far East. On arrival he discovered that Brig. Nonweiler RM had taken ill, and so Peter Young assumed temporary command of the Brigade. After returning to England at the end of the Arakan Campaign, he briefly assumed command of the 1st Commando Brigade until the surrender of Japan.

Post war Peter Young remained in the Army serving for 3 years in command of the 9th Infantry Regt. Arab Legion, finally retiring with the Honorary rank of Brigadier in 1959. He took up post as Reader in Military History at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He later founded a Civil War reenactment society called The Sealed Knot.

His death in 1988 was notified to members in Commando Association Newsletter 88 where the then President, Colonel Tony Lewis,  wrote this obituary:

"Brigadier Peter Young was a remarkable man with a natural talent for soldiering. Apart from Dunkirk, his wartime career was with the Commando Group and in particular, No. 3 Commando, with whom he served from Troop Leader to Commanding Officer.

There cannot be many soldiers, who, starting with Dunkirk, followed up by fighting in all theatres of war, the Mediterranean, Burma, and Europe. What is more, this was clearly no rear rank stuff, as his D.S.O. and M.C. and two bars tell us.

He was a colourful character and had more than his fair share of the qualities of leaderhip. Probably the strongest of these was his unflapability. I have seen him receive bad news and there would be a short pause before the humorous side of the problem struck him which he would then illustrate with a sharp dart of his irrepressible wit. He had a good brain, which, after the war, he applied to Military History and the Civil War in particular, becoming the recognised authority on this war, about which he wrote many books. Not satisfied with this, he formed the Sealed Knot and re-enacted the battles with real people.

His Memorial Service was well-attended by his comrades of both wars, those of the Sealed Knot looking splendid in their red velvet ceremonial dress uniforms, raising our spirits on an otherwise gloomy occasion. He will be sadly missed at Commando Association events and especially by the members of his Commando, No. 3, who held him in high esteem. We will all feel the loss of one of our most colourful and successful leaders and our sympathy goes to Joan, his widow. Col. A. D. Lewis (President)."

Sources:
Storm from the Sea by Peter Young.
MC: LG Supplement 35510, Page 1506
DSO: LG Supplement 35729, Page 4328
Bar to MC: LG Supplement 36217, Page 4661
2nd Bar to MC: LG Supplement 36327, Page 255
 

BARTHOLOMEW, Peter Ian (Lt Col)

Known as: 
Barty
Rank: 
Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment/Corps: 
Somerset Light Infantry
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
73118
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, October 24, 1989
Peter Ian Bartholomew No 3 Commando
Peter Ian Bartholomew served in No 12 Commando until their disbandment when he moved to No 3 Commando. He participated in the D Day landings as Captain of 2 troop.  On the Commando's return to NW Europe from the UK in 1945, he took command of No 3 Commando with the rank of Acting Lieutenant Colonel. 
 
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished service in North West Europe, the award being published in June 1945.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 37138, page 3231.)
 
Henry Brown OBE, the Secretary of the Commando Association, wrote this obituary which was published in their Newsletter 90 of March 1990:
 
There is no doubt that in the passing away, on the 24th October last, of Peter Bartholomew, our movement lost a very staunch and faithful supporter. After service in No. 12 Commando, Peter served with distinction in No. 3 Commando and was in fact the unit's last Commanding Officer prior to disbandment. After the war, his deep interest in the activities of our Association, and in the general welfare of comrades and their dependants, was well known to all, and was so clearly shown during his Presidency of the Association during the period 1966 - 68, and in- later years as Chairman of the Commandos' Beievolent Fund Trustees. Peter always had a particularly caring interest in his men, and this carried on in civilian life through his close contact with many comrades resident in the West Country. It did not diminish in recent times when, sadly, he was not enjoying the best of health. We deeply mourn the loss of a good friend and great supporter of our Commando cause. HB.
 

ERSKINE, Lieut, An account of ops at Sicily and Malati Bridge

Type: Files
Author: Lieut. John Channon Erskine RE & No.3 Commando
Year of Publishing: 2015
Keywords: 3 commando bridge, lentini river, malati bridge, sicily

3 Commando Bridge.

On the 14th/15th July 1943 after the invasion of Sicily No.3 Commando were tasked with taking and holding the bridge until the arrival of the 50th Division. After capturing the bridge from the Italians and removing the demolitions they had laid, a counter attack by the Germans with support of Tiger tanks inflicted heavy casualties on the exposed men of No.3 Commando. Eventually they were ordered to withdraw but the bridge was saved from the demolition that the Germans had planned.

After the fall of Catania, General Montgomery ordered that a stone be carved with “3 Commando Bridge” and this stone cemented into the Punta dei Malati bridge

These recollections are courtesy of his son Andrew Erskine. The original transcript is currently stored in the Australian War Memorial archives.

Click on 'download' above to read the article, then on his name here to view our gallery entry:  John Channon Erskine 

COX, Jack, An account of ops at Termoli

Personal revered memories of his involvement at Termoli with No 3 Cdo 6 troop

Jack Cox (No 12 and 3 Cdo) Remembrance Service 2011

Author : Jack Cox March 2010...veteran of No 12 Commando and 6 troop No 3 Commando

 

3 October 1943 the Special Service (Commando) Brigade, made up of No 3 Commando, the SRS (1st SAS, renames Special Raiding Squadron for their different role of sea landings) and No 40 RM Commando - landed a few miles behind German lines to capture the Adriatic deep water port of Termoli, where intelligence indicated a garrison of 500 German Paratroopers, situated some 2 miles north of the Biferno River, in order to force German armies back from holding in strength their line of that river, thus enabling the British 8th Army’s 78th Division to continue their advance northwards.

I was a member of 6 Troop No 3 Commando for this operation and we landed at 2am in pitch black darkness to form a bridgehead for the rest of the Brigade to come through. No 3 by then were desperately under-strength due to heavy casualties a few months previous and numbering at this time just under 200 out of an original strength of 450. The SAS were roughly in the same boat because of their own previous heavy casualty loss. 40 RM Cdo were however up to full strength and were to spearhead the attack on Termoli town and harbour. The SAS had their target to see to south of Termoli -whilst No 3, when their bridgehead was no longer required, would support 40 in their attack on Termoli.

Once No 3 were ashore, which was unopposed, to form a bridgehead, Cpl Jack Winser of 6 Troop, in the pitch darkness, fell down a small cliff severely damaging his ankle, so he could not walk unaided. When it was ready for No 3 to move off from the bridgehead, I was detailed off to be Jack’s helper, with orders to follow on as best we could which we did in slow hobbling fashion, well behind No 3 who set off at a smart pace to support 40 Commando. Up to that stage the enemy were still unaware of the Brigade’s presence on land north of Termoli. As a direction guide Jack and I discovered the railway line, which, as stated in the briefing, led straight to Termoli and we duly followed it to come across a silent stationary steam train with carriages on the track. We learned later that 6 Troop had previously boarded the train, which was getting steam up and ordered the burning coals in the fire box to be raked out and then discovered a number of German soldiers asleep in the carriages and promptly took them all prisoners. Suddenly the still of the night was shattered by the sound of battle Royal, with fast firing spandau machine-guns sounding off. Also the slower chattering of Bren guns together with multi rifle fire - the sure sign the enemy had wakened to find Commandos on their doorstep. This caused Jack Winser and I to increase our hobbling considerably to eventually join up with No 3 in the outskirts of the town where Arthur Evans, a former policeman, had just wiped out a Jerry spandua which had been sweeping murderous fire from an upper window of a warehouse. With a second attempt direct hit with a 36 Mills Grenade fired from the discharger cup fitted to his Lee-Enfield rifle, to the delight of 6 Troop, enabling them to get further into the town to support 40 Commando who were doing a good job against stern resistance by German Paratroops. We of 6 Troop were then detailed off to give covering fire to 3 Commandos Mortar Section as they engaged the crew of a German Artillery piece causing them to surrender by salvos of mortar bombs.

A short time later our 6 Troop sub-section, led by Sgt Nobby Knowland, was withdrawn from the town where a number of the enemy who well positioned amongst small trees on a rise in the ground, were keeping up a hail of fire towards the town. To the front of the enemies position, some 80 yards distant, was a low dilapidated stone wall. Sgt Knowland ordered that we make a lightening dash to get behind that stone wall which we promptly achieved spreading our sub-section along the length of the wall, at the same time attracting enemy fire which we returned with interest. Sgt Knowland shouted a briefing to the sub-section that we would make a frontal assault on the enemy and to keep well spread out on the run in. He then ordered the Bren-gunner Jack Leech to get out to the left flank and give covering fire for our frontal attack. Jack managed that quickly and once his Bren was up, at Sgt Knowland’s intimation our whole sub-section, as a single unit, making ourselves as small as possible, quickly got over the wall flattening ourselves on the other side, amongst a hail of enemy bullets in our direction. The Sgt then gave the order ‘Go!’ And we leapt to our feet and made a steady run-in at the enemy position firing our rifles from the hip as we did so. The nearer we got to the enemy the fewer shots that came at us. Within 20 yards or so from the trees on the hillock all seemed silent from the enemy’s position so we all hit the ground to weigh up what was going on. The Sgt then ordered the right hand man, which happened to be me, to go forward to check the situation. All I saw were a number of German soldiers lying face downwards without any movement. I signalled the OK and the subsection got to their feet to run over the enemy’s position, to see 12 German Paras all lying apparently dead. We discovered 2 were still alive, one severely wounded in his leg and around his knee and in great pain. Another, a large man who had been feigning dead, got to his feet with tears running down his face sobbing uncontrollably; he was taken prisoner. Once Medical orderlies arrived we had difficulty lifting the wounded German on to a stretcher, every time we lifted him he screamed in pain. He was eventually taken away on a stretcher. By this time the battle for Termoli and harbour had been won.

About 70 German Paratroops were taken prisoner who turned out to be of the ‘Herman Goering’ unit who battled against No 3 Commando in Sicily a few months previous. Some of No 3 recognised amongst the prisoners Germans who had been their captors in Sicily until they eventually managed to escape to rejoin No 3. The atmosphere was friendly and animated conversations took place each side relating their experiences since Sicily. The Germans had given good treatment to our lads when prisoners in Sicily, accordingly the opportunity was not lost to repay the compliment. As always the German Paras fought bravely with stern resistance in the fight for Termoli, but the Commando fond strategy of ‘element of surprise’ by attacking at night when the enemy was least prepared, undoubtedly disadvantaged the German Paras in this Termoli battle.

We then had to dig in on countryside outside Termoli town to prepare for possible enemy counter-attack, whilst German prisoners cleared battle areas of their dead. As digging my slit-trench I had a good view of German Paras burying their dead in deepish graves they dug. I saw that once a grave had been re-filled with soil, all Germans so engaged would then stand stiffly to attention, some words were spoken for a minute or so with great solemnity, before they turned their attention to the next soldier to be buried, and so on. That extra little ceremony after each burial showed deep respect for a fallen comrade and greatly impressed me. The particular ground where I had to prepare my slit-trench was hard work due to the obdurate nature of the soil which was more gravel than earth, preventing me creating a decent trench where excavated soil is heaped and compacted in depth on enemy side of the trench to provide a near bullet proof firing point. My efforts in this instance left me with just a heap of gravelly soil in the edge of the trench. A German prisoner from the burial party, checking for any undiscovered dead Germans, walking past my slit-trench suddenly stopped, pointed to the gravelly soil and in perfect educated sounding English said, “You would never get away with that in the German Army”, and then walked on. At first I was more annoyed at his infernal cheek, then saw the amusing aspect, it being a good war story to relate. I further contemplated the courageous fight-back the German Paras gave us in the battle for Termoli town, also the severe victorious Commando bashing we handed out to them, and didn’t begrudge him that sarcastic remark at my expense.

Later that day and night and into the next day a few of the units of the 8th Army’s 78th Division began to get through to us, which included some infantry from the Argyles and from the West Kents, some artillery, anti-tank guns, and a few Sherman Tanks. Early evening No 3 Commando were sent to dig-in on a ridge, which was covered with low growing olive trees, a mile or so outside of Termoli. We of 6 Troop occupied the extreme right flank of No 3 and below the ridge on our right was a troop of SAS, but due to the undulating terrain with its hilly rise and fall, I seldom had more than a glimpse of them from my trench, in their distinctive light blue shirts and cream/buff coloured berets. We were told a German Panzar Division was advancing on Termoli, to keep very alert, as a counter-attack would be with us shortly. We spent a freezing cold night on that ridge being clothed only in our tropical khaki drill army issue shirts and slacks, on ‘stand-to’ all night. During that night enemy shells were dropping on to our ridge and No 3 sustained some casualties, noe of 6 Troop, indicating the enemy knew of our ridge positions.

As dawn broke, 5 October 1943, low flying Luftwaffe aircraft appeared strafing our positions with machine-gun fire with a deep furrow, missing my trench by just a few feet. The planes then swooped off to attack Termoli town and harbour. It then rained heavily and we learned later that the River Biferno flooded to sweep away pontoon bridges put out by the Royal Engineers, cutting off further very needed reinforcements from the rest of 78th Division, who were stranded the wrong side of the river. The shelling increased in intensity and a wave of enemy attack tanks and infantry occurred on our left, forward of the ridge, where 5 Troop were positioned, together with Argyle’s infantry. A few Sherman Tanks appeared to reinforce the left flank with one being hit and burst into flames. The tanks withdrew to 5 Troops positions and the heavy enemy fire at the tanks caused casualties in 5 Troop ranks, who were then withdrawn to No 3 Commando ridge positions. The Argyles who fought well, sustained heavy casualties also and had to withdraw leaving the left flank of our ridge exposed. Our 6 Troop positions on the right flank received horrendous accurate shelling and it was about this time our Troop Commando, Captain John Reynolds received multi-shrapnel wounds, but insisted on staying with us in 6 Troop’s position. Later, however, he was removed to Termoli for hospital treatment.

The intense shelling we received on that ridge for long periods at a time was very accurate, it was because Commandos were well dug-in that prevented large amounts of casualties. 6 Troop, in our trenches had to watch our front carefully as we spotted far distance away on the flat ground beyond the ridge, German tanks and infantry advancing towards Termoli, but a distance too far away as yet to engage them with rifle and Bren. We did however have 78th Div Vickers Medium Machine Gun (tripod type) on 6 Troop front capable of very accurate fire at long range, which opened up on the advancing German forces. With the intense accurate shelling still persisting, at one point I heard popular Corporal Ronnie Gower in a trench near to me groaning loudly, clearly in pain, and assumed he had received wounds from the shelling. But when I went to his aid, I found a whole tree had been blown down from shell fire on top of him as he lay in his slit-trench and he’d received a severe blow from one of it’s stout branches on to his lower spine, convincing him his back was broken. Sgt Nobby Knowland and I lifted the tree off Ronnie who soon recovered his usual cheerful self once finding he had sustained only an extremely sore back. One of the 78th Div anti-tank guns had been set up in 6 Troop’s lines near to my trench. After a particularly severe spell of accurate enemy shelling, the crew became very active speedily removing the firing block from their anti-tank gun, and as one, the crew cleared off from the ridge towards the rear, like scalded cats. I shouted that information to Nobby Knowland who replied, “I had noticed - we’ll advance 20 yards and dig-in, perhaps the shells will drop behind us.” And we of his sub-section did just that. To this day I’m convinced our ‘mini-advance’ was Nobby’s way of showing his contempt for the anti-tank crew for running away from the fight. With Sgt Nobby Knowland, actions spoke louder than words.

A Jerry attack in strength came on our right flank against the under-strength Troop of SAS. Because of the undulating hilly nature of the terrain below we couldn’t see much of what was going on, could only hear and guess who was what and where. We opened fire in the general direction we thought the enemy must be. I did spot two SAS lads stopping in their tracks as they were retreating and firing their rifles from the standing position at the attackers, before having to continue their retreat, being out-numbered, as it transpired, by masses of enemy infantry in the first wave of their attack on our right flank. The SAS retreat left our right flank completely exposed so 6 Troop had to re-organise our positions to cover, best we could, the extreme right flank of No 3 Commando, which meant digging-in once more in new positions. Jack Leech was enjoying himself firing at enemy tanks, some of which were on open ground below our ridge, the multi trees on top of the slope up to our position clearly caused their tank crews not to attempt the long slope to our ridge. Jack told me at the time that when he peppered the front of the tanks with a full magazine from the Bren (32 rounds) he was amazed to see the enemy tanks stop in their tracks, and on one occasion actually went into reverse, which chuffed Jack no end. Trouble was, however, Jack inevitably fast ran out of ammo for the Bren, and the extra bandoliers of 50 rounds we all carried on sea landing operations - because fresh supplies of ammo were not possible as a rule - had to be handed over to Jack. The downside of that was it left we riflemen later short of ammo, the upside was Jack Leech did a brilliant job as our sub-section Bren gunner.

With the reorganising of our slit-trench positions followed the retreat of the SAS on our right flank, the 78th Div Vickers machine gun was forward in the trees of our new positions and kept up a good rate of fire against the distant oncoming enemy infantry and tanks, with the Vickers ‘cone’ of rounds fired, falling around infantry ranks, which only a Vickers machine gun expertly handled could produce at long distance, clearly slowing up the distant second wave of the enemies advance, as the result, enemy artillery concentrated their shell fire on the Vickers machine gun position just forward of 6 Troops lines.  Despite this, with shells exploding all around, the Vickers kept up its high rate of fire and from its position I could plainly hear cries of “more ammunition”, as the belt fed ammo was being used up at a fast rate.  I recall well being filled with huge admiration for the courage of the Vickers machine gun crew, it seemed to me at the time that they would be winning medals for their sheer guts, their position being massively stonked by concentrated enemy shelling and they never seeking slit-trench protection, but just continued their non-stop high rate of fire at the advancing enemy.  I discovered later that Corporal Harrison, of 2 Troop 3 Commando, on seeing at one stage the Vickers crew removing the guns cocking handle and attempting on two occasions to depart to the rear, he ordered them at gun point, with his Colt 45 automatic revolver to ensure they continued firing the Vickers, Corporal Harrison himself suffering from shrapnel wounds to the head and leg.  The shouts of “more ammunition, more ammunition” being repeated over and again coming from Corporal Harrison (Peter Young’s book ‘Storm from the Sea refers).  That was the situation on 6 Troop’s front until the advancing second wave of the enemy were near enough for us to engage them with rifle and Bren gun. 

With our Troop Commander Captain John Reynolds a casualty, Lieutenant John Alderson took over as 6 Troop Commander. The first Jerry infantry attack on 6 Troops position occurred with a series of white Very lights in the direction of their advance up the long wooded slope leading to our ridge – Lieutenant Alderson positioned himself ahead of my slit-trench, half crouched behind a shell battered olive tree – his orders were not to open fire until he gave the order.  I could see German infantry in great-coats advancing cautiously up the slope and had my rifle in steady aim at one of them, awaiting the order to open fire.  The order came with enemy about 50 yards away, with Lieutenant Alderson – normally quietly spoken – shouting above the din of battle with shells exploding elsewhere – “Fire 6 Troop, fire, fire, fire” which we did, my targeted German falling backwards and sideways as my first shot struck him. The first firing Spandau machine-guns had also opened up onto our positions firing tracer rounds – possibly to intimidate giving away their positions, which Jack Leech took full advantage with his Bren not firing tracer by knocking out each Spandau in turn.  Once we riflemen opened fire Jerry infantry went to ground undergrowth on the wooded slope; in the failing light I was reduced to just firing at enemy gun flashes.  After the first attack enemy withdrew to reform; with whistles being blown by the enemy, they launched further attacks up the wooded slope with Lieutenant Anderson still controlling 6 Troops response from his battered olive tree position.  With intense fire by rifle and Bren (I felt sure my rifle barrel was red hot) we held 6 Troop lines intact until these infantry attacks ceased which by then it was dark.

Former CO of 3 Cdo, Colonel Durnford-Slater (DSO & Bar) was acting Brigadier of our Commando Brigade for the Termoli operation.  In his post-war book “Commando” he wrote, referring to 3 Cdo’s defence of that ridge: “The fighting raged. No 3 Commando still out in front were giving their finest performance of the war.  Hammered by tanks, pounded by guns, attacked by infantry, left and bleeding on their flanks by retreat of another unit, they did not budge from their positions”.

6 Troop lines had again to be re-organised to ensure more solid defence of 3 Cdo’s might flank and we dug-in once again.  Shortly afterwards ‘Pud’ Saunders, a Londoner and very useful amateur middle weight boxer, also a friend of mine, appeared out of the night at my split-trench, prodding with his rifle a tall bare headed unarmed German soldier, overcoat open at the front, with sheaf’s of army type toilet paper in his hand.  I instinctively said to ‘Pud’ “That’s all we need – what are we going to do with him?”  Pud replied, “Couldn’t help it – he just walked into our listening post.”  The German later admitted at 3 Cdo HQ on the ridge that he was of the 16th German Panzer Division. The toilet paper indicated why the German had been wandering about unarmed: it was also indicated how near to our ridge positions the enemy were, having moved up under cover of darkness.  It was not long before we could hear them talking, we also saw the red glow of cigarettes being puffed.

A Spandau machine gun opened up from our rear together with rifle fire.  Nobby Knowland our Sgt calmly gave the order, “Watch your rear, engage enemy on sight” which we did with rifle and Bren.  I was convinced at that stage we of 3 Cdo were surrounded by the enemy, completely cut-off on our ridge from the main body of Commando Brigade.  We then received the order to cease fire to conserve ammunition and everyone to remain on ‘Stand-to’.

Over to the left flank of our ridge haystacks were well alight (ignited by shell fire) their huge blaze illuminating that area and two German stationary tanks were clearly visible with their big guns pointing ominously along the length of our ridge. Tank crews were on foot outside tanks consuming food from mess tins.  To conserve ammo made sense as it was clear, come the dawn, enemy would attack and we would need all the ammo we had left, in this case about 40 rounds which would not last long in a fire fight.  Jack Leech told me he had hardly anything left for his Bren.

Jack Cox , Molfetta, October 1943.I was 18 years of age, been a soldier since 16yrs (lied about my age), a Commando since 17 years, had seen active service with No. 12 Commando in enemy occupied Norway, also saw action with 3 Commando when we had previously invaded from the sea the toe of Italy, and that, together with my experience with 6 Troop on the ridge, convinced me that come the dawn, our terrific Commando leaders of all ranks, would fight it out to the bitter end.  At that stage of my war I was as yet still a ‘Trooper’ and Commando ‘follower’ adapting to whatever action our superb ‘Commando Leaders’ decided to take, in whom I had developed complete trust.

Accordingly, I considered, come the enemy dawn attack, I would probably be looking at my own death in the face.  At stand to in my slit trench that night, my thoughts inevitably turned to my family back home, all of whom, including myself, believed in the Christian faith, and the strong possibility of they receiving the dreaded 2nd World War Telegram informing them I had been ‘Killed in action’.  I said a few silent prayers in that respect to my parents, brother and sister.

After a long night, watching my front on ‘Stand-to’ the unexpected happened.  Tony Turner, our Troop Sgt Major appeared instructing that I fix my bayonet, take all my equipment and arms with me and make my way silently as possible to the rear of the ridge – then moved on to the next slit trench, presumably with the same message.

At that time, unknown to me (or to the others of 6 Troop) Captain Hopson of 3 Cdo, together with his batman, had previously succeeded in finding a gap in the enemy lines surrounding us, made their way to Termoli to report to Commando Brigade HQ thus (Peter Young’s book ‘Storm From the Sea’ refers):  “he explained 3 Cdo was surrounded on three sides by enemy at fifty to a hundred yards.  It was evident that unless they were withdrawn before dawn, they would inevitably be annihilated”.  Captain Hopson was then ordered to return to our ridge and lead 3 Cdo back to Termoli.

When I arrived at the back of the ridge I saw all our wounded lined up in single file, a few on stretchers, and the majority on blankets for the wounded to be carried by Commandos grasping firmly each corner of the blanket.  Orders were being whispered so as not to alert the enemy.  We lined up in single file with the wounded and moved off as silently as possible to make our way through the gap in enemy lines to withdraw to Termoli.  If attacked we would respond accordingly.  Immediately in front of me was a severely wounded Commando, semi-conscious, being carried on a blanket his body hunched up in considerable pain judging from the sounds he was making, which I felt certain would soon alert the enemy.  That did not happen, as my next strong memory is of us arriving in the streets of Termoli which were filled with steel helmeted British troops, who it transpired were an infantry battalion of 32 Irish Brigade.  They were put ashore from a troop ship that night as re-enforcements in readiness for the expected dawn attack by the German Panzer Division.  As we carried on in single file, carrying our wounded, fully armed as a fighting unit, foot-slogging it past those fresh British troops, murmurings came to my ears from their midst, clearly saying “Well done Commandos, well done” over and over again.  I presumed they must have been made aware of 3 Commando’s performance holding on to the ridge, where I personally had experienced, at different times, almost every known human emotion.  As a result of those impromptu unexpected compliments from British soldiers, just for a moment or two, I felt ridiculously proud.  3 Commando were put in reserve at Termoli Railway Station, we of 6 Troop ended up in the railway station’s large buffet (no sign of eats – I did look) with its sizable glass windows in smithereens all over the floor, where we laid our weary backs hoping to snatch a cat-nap.

Dawn broke with enemy aircraft bombing the railway station and we were immediately on Stand-to, in reserve, by the railway tracks, with Jerry Spandau machine gun fire coming through in our direction.  The other units at Termoli were front line of defence; in this renewed Panzer Division attack by tanks and infantry, we of 3 Commando took up a second defence line in the outskirts of the railway station being still in reserve.  Then a most welcome sight – Canadian tanks in numbers and they seemed in a hurry appeared from the south, positive proof that the remainder of the Eighth Army 78th Division, stranded on the wrong side of the Biferno River, had finally made it across with Canadian tanks leading the way.  The Royal Engineers having performed brilliantly getting pontoons over the river despite all the severe flooding of that water obstacle together with air attacks by Luftwaffe aircraft.

Reinforced by the rest of the 78th Div from the south together with RAF rocket firing Typhoons which appeared in the skies taking on enemy tanks, an exhilarating spectacle to behold.  That last day was one hell of a battle with every gun, mortar, tank, aircraft, multi small arms fire, putting up overwhelming fire power until finally the 16th Panzer Division cleared off for good.  The battle for Termoli and its deep water harbour having been won.

Colonel Durnford-Slater DSO & Bar wrote in his post war book “Commando”:-  “Monty (General Montgomery) was delighted we had secured and held Termoli for him.  The Commando Brigade’s action had helped the Eighth Army forward and had saved him from having to fight for the line of the Biferno River.  It had also secured a useful harbour next to the front line where men and supplies could be landed.  It had been a very near thing.”

Post script – 3 Commando’s stubborn resistance for some 36 hours on that strategic ridge (with their much reduced strength for the Termoli operation numbering 174 Commandos) delayed considerably the Panzer Division’s ultimate objective of a full blown attack to capture Termoli town and deep water harbour.  This delay allowed the bulk of 78th Div, marooned on the other side of the Biferno River, the time to surmount the watery obstacle and get through to us at Termoli, also for air support by rocket firing Typhoon aircraft to be organised.  The casualty rate for 3 Commando defending that ridge was surprisingly light, with 8 killed or missing, 28 wounded.  Our casualties of course could well have been a lot worse – but in war we were always grateful for small mercies.

Termoli the aftermath:-

Many of No.3 Commando at Termoli distinguished themselves in battle subsequently receiving awards.

6 Troop’s awards as follows :-

Captain John Reynolds – 3 Commando’s 6 Troop Commander, sustained serious wounds – awarded “Military Cross”.

Lieutenant John Alderson – 3 Commando, 6 Troop took over command of 6 Troop once Captain Reynolds finally agreed to be removed to the rear, awarded “Military Cross”.

Corporal Harrison – 3 Commando 2 Troop, but in 6 Troops lines over seeing Vickers machine gun crew of 78th Div – promoted to Officer Rank of Lieutenant, and posted to No. 6 Commando.

Trooper Jack Leech – 3 Commando, 6 Troop Bren Gunner – promoted to Sergeant no commissioned rank – awarded “Military Medal”.

Sergeant ‘Nobby’ Knowland – 3 Commando, 6 Troop, my sub-section Sergeant – promoted to Officer Rank of Lieutenant and posted to No.1 Commando in Burma Far East.  On 31st January 1945, Lieutenant (‘Nobby’) George Arthur Knowland of No.1 Commando at battle for Hill i70, Kangaw, Burma, awarded posthumously VICTORIA CROSS in circumstances of outstanding, incredible heroic courage.

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MAGER, Charles, An account of D Day

Type: Personal Papers
Author: Charles Mager No 3 Commando
Year of Publishing: 2014
Keywords: No 3 Commando, D Day, Overlord

Charles Mager wrote his memories of D Day some 50 years after he took part with No 3 Commando in the Normandy landings